If Frankie Edgar (Pictured) didn’t get the message from UFC president Dana White before, the former lightweight champion heard it crystal clearly during Tuesday’s press conference in Denver. Over the course of today’s 54-minute powwow, White mentioned his desire for Edgar to shed 10 pounds and drop to the featherweight division on six different occasions.
White wasn’t the only one getting in on the action. Although he’s set to challenge current 155-pound champ Benson Henderson for his crown at UFC 150, the very first question “The Answer” was asked by the media was regarding his future relocation plans.
“Yeah, going down, I’m obviously not thinking about that right now,” Edgar repeated, likely for the millionth and first time. “This fight is looming two months away. That’s all I’m thinking about, is Ben and August 11th right now.”
Although White is adamant about Edgar moving, it’s easy to forget this is the same man that beat BJ Penn, who many believed was the division’s G.O.A.T. prior to facing Edgar, on back-to-back occasions. He also went on to knockout a much larger Gray Maynard in October, and his unanimous decision loss to Henderson was covered in controversy – hence the immediate sequel.
Edgar will be the only fighter in UFC history to compete in six consecutive title fights, with half of them being of the rematch variety.
After the last question regarding a featherweight move was asked, White finally decided Edgar had taken enough abuse.
“Let’s stop this because he’s seriously going to kick my ass,” White said. “No more 145-pound questions for Frankie Edgar today, please.”
Although he was sporting a grin on his face during the interrogation, it was clear Edgar was done justifying his career choices. The 30-year-old hopes to validate his decision and silence the naysayers at UFC 150.
But guess what? Even in victory, don’t be surprised if the first question Edgar is asked at the post-fight presser is whether he’ll relinquish the lightweight belt and move to featherweight…