Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (14-3-1) is dropping to featherweight after losing a narrow decision to UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at UFC 150. Edgar is hoping to make his featherweight debut before the end of the year. Edgar announced the move on “UFC Tonight.”
The New Jersey native lost two bouts in a row for the first time in his career this year and both losses came at the hands of Henderson. While the bouts were close, Edgar recognized how unlikely it would be for him to get another shot immediately after the loss at UFC 150.
Edgar will look to start a new title run at his new home of featherweight, where current champion José Aldo has held the UFC featherweight crown since the belt was created after the end of the WEC. Aldo has not lost since a 2005 submission loss to Luciano Azevedo.