MANILA, Philippines – Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar will not lose his speed advantage even as he moves down to the featherweight division, according to his boxing coach, Mark Henry.
Edgar is set to move down to featherweight after losing two consecutive bouts at the lightweight division. He will make an immediate impact at the division, as he will challenge titleholder Jose Aldo for the belt at UFC 153 this October 13.
The trash-talking between the two camps has started, with Aldo’s trainers reportedly tweeting that Edgar stands to lose his speed advantage at the featherweight division.
“I know (Aldo’s) trainers tweeted a long time ago, someone told me, that if (Edgar) comes down to 145 he’s not going to have the same speed. That’s beyond laughable,” Henry said in an interview with MMA Fighting.
“He (Edgar) spars with big-time boxers that are in the lighter weight classes and he keeps up with these guys. That’s why it’s really laughable about the speed,” he added.
Edgar was small for a lightweight but made up for the disadvantage with his stunning speed and expert footwork. He won the title against BJ Penn and defended it three times before losing it to Benson Henderson at UFC 144.
Edgar lost to Henderson in their rematch at UFC 150, and it was this defeat that finally paved the way for his move to featherweight. UFC president Dana White and fight fans have long asked Edgar to move down in weight, wherein he can compete with men his own size.
Henry said that if Aldo and his camp are expecting “The Answer” to lose his speed, they will be disappointed.
“If that’s their plan, they better come up with Plan B. If they think Frankie’s going to be slower at 145, overnight they better come up with Plan B, C, and D,” Henry said. “He’s not going to lose any speed at all.”
Aldo will be making the fourth defense of his featherweight title. He will once again defend the belt in his home turf of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.