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Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo, Dana wants it!

split decision2011-10-13 23:14:51 +0000 #1
Sure, it's a great fight, but why the hell is Dana encouraging the champion at one weight class to fight another when he won't do the same for Andy Silva, GSP and Jon Jones? Is it because those three champions really don't want to risk their reputations taking on the fellow champs at a different weight?


Dana White wants to see Frankie Edgar vs Jose Aldo

Now that UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar has finally erased Gray Maynard from the 155-pound title picture, it's time to find "The Answer" to the biggest question following the UFC 136 pay-per-view event: Who's next?

It certainly isn't Melvin Guillard.

That's because the "Young Assassin" expected to shoot down the threat of Joe Lauzon with relative ease -- until his unindustrious offense earned him a one-way ticket to Tapsville via the "J-Lau" express.

Jim Miller and Anthony Pettis are still working their way back into contention, Gilbert Melendez remains chained to the Strikeforce doghouse and Ben Henderson and Clay Guida have yet to settle their differences.

So why not just drop to featherweight and take on 145-pound champion Jose Aldo? According to UFC President Dana White (via USA Today), it's the fight he wants to see.


"I don't know [who fights him next]. Honestly? I'd like to see him move to 145 and fight Aldo. Who knows? I'm not going to make him do it. How do you make a guy who's been so dominant at that weight class -- who am I to say, you can't stay here? You beat everybody in this division, it's a tough argument to have with him ... Frankie Edgar has proven himself again and again ... I just think that Frankie's a 145-pounder walking through 155-pound guys. So when you really look at what pound-for-pound means, Frankie Edgar's pound-for-pound. He's the man."

Frankie Edgar vs Jose Aldo?

At first glance, it may sound like just another fantasy match-up between two dominant champions, that despite all the lip service, we know we'll never see. Yes, I'm talking to you Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva.

Aldo still has some work to do at 145-pounds, as Chad Mendes has been patiently waiting for his crack at the crown. But if "Junior" is "Money" in his next title defense, he would almost certainly entertain the notion of challenging Edgar.

He even called it his "dream fight" just last year.

The lightweight division has more than enough talent to keep Edgar busy well into 2012, but after compiling wins over Jim Miller, B.J. Penn and now Gray Maynard, I don't think anyone would feel slighted to see him head south for the winter.

And he's already contemplated the ten pound drop, and the trade-off between speed and size.

So how about it fight fans? Is this a bout that interests you? Is Frankie Edgar fighting above his natural weight class? If so, does that make his accomplishments at 155-pounds even more impressive?

Opinions, please.

krazo1012011-10-13 23:25:35 +0000 #2
After Aldo's recent performances, I think Edgar would actually have a pretty good chance if Jose goes into that mode of not trying or doing anything.
dhk19802011-10-14 00:04:18 +0000 #3
why should edgar move down in weight class? if anything, aldo should move up.
Best80smovieRAD2011-10-13 23:32:21 +0000 #4
Dana wants it but he has said Frankie sees no point in dropping down if he is beating guys. Frankie wont go down until someone takes him out.

So as much as Dana would like it, thats going to be on hold. I'll go with Mendes-Aldo and Melendez-Frankie happening. Dana said in his interview with Ariel that he spoke to Melendez and they arent sure yet whether he'll have that fight in December or not so its looking good that he could be in the UFC very soon
Domina2011-10-14 01:02:25 +0000 #5
The argument is that Edgar's weight drop to 145 will be a lot easier and a lot more natural than any other fight (except maybe Jones-Silva, but still Jones is a big light heavyweight reach wise), so the fight with Aldo would actually be competitive, unlike the other champion vs champion candidates which would most likely end up being all about the larger champion using their size advantage to bully around the smaller fighter.

Having said that, Edgar has only had, what? 3 title defenses? So I can also see the argument for waiting 3-4 fights before opening up that discussion of seeing him fight Aldo.
Best80smovieRAD2011-10-13 23:48:54 +0000 #6
The thing is though Maynard did beat the piss out of him in that opening round but quite honestly I dont think anyone else at 155 besides Gilbert Melendez is capable of putting a beating like that on Frankie.

As ****ty as Maynard is at round 2, the guy is easily top 3 at 155 in terms of power. The only guy I feel who could be stronger is Melendez. So unless Melendez beats Frankie, i dont think you are going to get a guy who is going to lay a beating on Frankie to make him feel he needs to be at 145

Guida and Henderson wont beat him down badly, if they win, it would be from holding him. I only see Frankie leaving the division if he is mauled.



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