“I think he’s one of the best fighters who ever walked on the face of the Earth. I think that people still don’t realize – like Marlon [Moraes], he’s a 135er, he’s bigger than Frankie. Frankie is a true 135er. I hate to say this stuff, but [when] Conor fights Nate [Diaz], it’s probably more of his weight class, 155, and they make the biggest deal out of Conor and he came up mega-short. Frankie had a title at 155 and came really close this last time at winning his second title, and he’s really a 135er. So, for me, I just really want to go the shortest cut to the next title, whether it be 135 or 145, whatever brings him the closest.”
-Frankie Edgar’s head coach Mark Henry talks to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour about what he wants next for Edgar after UFC 200.
Penick’s Analysis: If Edgar can safely make 135 lbs. he can be a legitimate contender immediately. Henry feels like he personally let Edgar down at UFC 200 both in over-training and not helping him adjust properly to what Jose Aldo was doing in the fight, but falling up short against one of the most elite fighters ever isn’t anything for them to feel shame over. Edgar’s still an elite fighter who will beat more fighters than he doesn’t, and if he drops to bantamweight he’s a threat right away.
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