Jose Aldo: "Frankie Edgar Is Welcome at FW, So We Can Banish Him Back to LW"

Jordy McElroyCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2012

Jose Aldo - Esther Lin/MMAFighting
Jose Aldo - Esther Lin/MMAFighting

With Jose Aldo as the reigning UFC featherweight champ, things wouldn't be any easier for Frankie Edgar at 145-pounds.

After suffering back-to-back losses to Benson Henderson, the rumor mill is buzzing about Edgar possibly dropping to the featherweight division, which could setup a super fight with Aldo.

Edgar is easily one of the best lightweights in the world, and many believe dropping to a more natural weight will increase his odds of winning another UFC title.

Unfortunately for Edgar fans, there are no increased chances against Aldo, who is widely recognized as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. It can even be argued that he's a step up from Henderson.

Since bursting onto the WEC scene, Aldo has left the featherweight division in ruins. He is currently riding a 14-fight win streak, with eight of the victories coming by knockout.

At UFC 142, he quieted critics of his suspect ground game by stuffing every takedown attempt from grappling ace Chad "Money" Mendes and registering a first-round knockout.

Is Edgar "the answer" to the Aldo riddle?

The UFC champ recently spoke with about Edgar's chances at 145-pounds.

"He has said he wants to get down to the feathers, so hopefully that happens soon to end [these rumors]. He is welcome in the category so that we banish him to the category above or below."

This isn't the first time a major lightweight star dropped weight for a shot at Aldo. Kenny Florian tried in October 2011, and things didn't go so well for him. Less weight doesn't necessarily mean more success.

Be careful what you wish for.