MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White does not want former champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar to return to the lightweight division.
After two consecutive losses at lightweight, Edgar moved to featherweight to challenge champion Jose Aldo of Brazil. He lost to the Brazilian in the main event of UFC 156 last Saturday in Las Vegas.
While Edgar has been non-committal about his future in the UFC, White made it clear that he does not want “The Answer” to return to the 155-pound division.
“He’s not going to 55. That’s not going to happen,” White said in the post-event media scrum.
White explained that even though Edgar had won the lightweight title before, it does not change the fact that he was undersized for the division.
“I like Frankie Edgar a lot as a person. Take away the whole fighting thing – I like him as a person, as a human being, and I don’t ever want to see him at 155-pounds,” White said. “The guys are too big and too strong.”
“Yes, I know he was the champion. I know he beat legends and he had close fights and all. But you can only fight so long in those types of wars with bigger, stronger guys,” he added. “It’s not good.”
Edgar won the lightweight belt from BJ Penn in 2010, and defended it three times. He lost it to new champion Benson Henderson in a five-round war at UFC 144 in February 2012, and lost to Henderson again in a rematch at UFC 150.
If White has his way, Edgar will move one more weight division down and compete at bantamweight.
“The lower he goes, the happier I am,” he said.