MANILA, Philippines – Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar aims to be only the third man in UFC history to win a title in multiple weight divisions when he challenges featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 156.
Edgar will look to join BJ Penn and Randy Couture as the only fighters in UFC history to win championships in two different weight divisions.
“It’s never been done except by Randy Couture and BJ Penn and they are legends in our sport,” Edgar said during the conference call for UFC 156, as quoted by MMA Mania.
“If I win my next fight, it takes care of everything. It takes care of me winning my title and me becoming a two-division champion,” he said.
Though it will be his first fight at 145 pounds, Edgar said he felt comfortable at the weight class.
“When I was at 155, I forced myself to eat more and lift heavy. I feel a bit quicker and it’s less stressful not having to eat every two hours,” he said.
Edgar made a name for himself at lightweight, wherein he often bucked a size disadvantage through his speed, footwork, and technical boxing. But he lost the title in controversial fashion to Benson Henderson last February 2012, and failed to win it back in their rematch last August.
“The Answer” decided to move to featherweight and was given a chance to challenge Aldo for the title after former No. 1 contender Erik Koch got injured.
“Aldo is one of the most dynamic strikers out there, and he’s very explosive, moreso than anyone I fought at 155 (lightweight),” Edgar said.
“I’m ready for the takedowns to come, ready to stand with him and ready to test the waters,” he added. “There hasn’t been anyone that’s been able to take him down yet but I’m not afraid to go for those takedowns.”
Aldo, a jiu jitsu black belt, has won all three of his UFC fights and has not lost since 2005.