Frankie Edgar is looking for title opportunities, and he might even be willing to go to 135 pounds to get one. But the former lightweight champion is a little confused as to why the UFC keeps inventing belts. In his own division, Max Holloway just won one. Now at lightweight, the promotion is creating one for Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson to fight over. Edgar told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that he doesn’t understand why (via MMA Fighting):
“I just think they’re getting silly with these interim titles. It’s a little too much. They’re already taking Conor’s 55 one away. I just don’t get it.”
With that being said though, Edgar says he would consider a drop to 135 pounds for a shot at the bantamweight title, which doesn’t have an interim tagline attached to it:
“If they offered me a title shot, I wouldn’t be able to turn it down. But I’m not gonna go down there and fight a contender fight and do that, not while I’m as close as I am, I believe still, at 145. Especially since we don’t know what’s gonna happen. I don’t want to leave yet and s--t gets figured out and I’m sitting here fighting in a 135-pound contender fight when I could have been fighting for a 145-pound title.”
Edgar is coming off a win over Jeremy Stephens, but lost for the second time to current full 145-pound champion Jose Aldo last summer. Honestly though, I don’t think a title fight at either weight is something that will be happening for him any time soon, unless Max Holloway defeats Aldo when they eventually fight. And bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt will fight T.J. Dillashaw next after they film a TUF season, s thats out for a while.
With one fight left on his current contract (which he stated on the show), it will be interesting to see which direction the UFC goes with Edgar.