Dana White said following Saturday night's UFC 136 post-event press conference at Houston's Toyota Center That he would like to see Frankie Edgar make the move to featherweight, especially for a bout against 145-pound kingpin Jose Aldo (20-1 MMA).
"Honestly, I'd like to see [Edgar] move to 145 and fight Aldo,"
This is an interesting suggestion by White, taking into consideration that just moments before the small lightweight just laid waste to arguably the biggest light weight in the UFC's light weight division in dramatic fashion. But White thinks 145 is more of a natural weight class for Edgar.
"All these other guys that [Edgar] fights are so much bigger than him, I think that fighting out of your weightclass isn't healthy. I don't think it's healthy long-term." White said.
"I don't think that guys that fight out of their weight class and fight a weight class above them and take damage can have the longevity that other fighters can have. I think when you fight with guys that are your own size, you don't take the punishment that you take when you fight bigger guys."
White is obviously also concerened about his fighters health and longevity. Taking that much damage in every fight will definitely shorten ones career. White is also a businessman so it's serves the UFC well to preserve one of their best fighters.
White also said:
"I'm not going to make him do it, Who am I to say, 'Yeah, you can't stay here. You beat everybody in this division'? It's a tough argument to have with him."
"Think about all the fights that we've seen over the past 10 years or how many fights you've seen in your life where a guy goes out and gets hurt as bad as he did in the first round,"
"That's movie [expletive]. That stuff doesn't really happen in real life. There's two guys I've seen do it: Arturo Gatti and Frankie Edgar. What he did the last time and this time, he's an amazing human being. He's an incredible athlete, and he's got a heart the size of this room."
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