MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White would love to see former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar move to the featherweight division.
Edgar lost his championship to Benson Henderson last Sunday at UFC 144 in Japan.
"I've been asking the kid (Edgar) to go to 145 (pounds) for a long time," White said in the post-event press conference.
"I'm not a big fan of guys fighting out of their weight classes," he added.
At 5-foot-6, Edgar is small for a lightweight and White believes he is more suited to campaigning at the featherweight division, where he can challenge Brazilian star Jose Aldo.
"I'd love to see him do it. I think that a fight with him and Jose Aldo would be fun," White said.
But the UFC president emphasized that it will ultimately be Edgar's decision. The former champion has resisted moving up in weight, and said during the press conference that he was not thinking about a move to featherweight.
"It's not something I’m think about right now, I'll be honest," he said, adding that he focused on preparing for Henderson.
White believes it will be hard to convince Edgar to change weight classes especially after defeating bigger men in the lightweight division, including BJ Penn and Gray Maynard.
"If you look at what he's accomplished, the kid's a world champion. He’s beaten BJ Penn twice, and everybody else in that division," White said.
"He's only lost to Gray Maynard, which he avenged big time," he added.
Edgar lost to Maynard in their first fight in April 2008, and then fought him to a draw at UFC 125 in January 2011. But in their trilogy bout, he won decisively, knocking Maynard out in the fourth round to defend his lightweight belt.
Edgar also dismissed the notion that Henderson's size advantage posed problems for him in their fight.
"(Henderson) was no bigger than all the guys I've fought," he said. "He was big and strong, but not that it really felt overwhelming."
White said that if Edgar ultimately decides to move to featherweight, "he will be a force to be reckoned with."
"He could be a great challenge for Jose Aldo,"he said.