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UFC Busan: Frankie Edgar Says He’s Still Targeting Title Run at 135

Frankie Edgar (photo via YouTube)

By FCF Staff

Due to Frankie Edgar’s decision to fight featherweight contender Chan Sung Jung tomorrow at UFC Busan, there’s been speculation whether he still intends to make a run at 135. But, more recently, the former lightweight champ clarified a drop to bantamweight is on the horizon.

After Edgar lost via decision to now former featherweight champ, Max Holloway this past July, he announced he was dropping down to bantamweight. Edgar was booked to fight rising bantamweight Cory Sandhagen on January 25th. But, more recently Edgar agreed to step-in for the injured Brian Ortega, and fight the featherweight Jung at UFC Busan.

That decision has prompted speculation about whether Edgar (23-7-1) could stay at 145, if he scores a win. Further, Edgar has also expressed an interest in fighting new featherweight champ, Alexander Volkanovski.

Well, while speaking to MMA Fighting recently, Edgar confirmed that he still has the 135 division in his sights.

“I still planning on making the move down to 135,” Edgar said. “I want to work my way towards the title. I still have those aspirations.

“I feel like if you’re in this sport and you’re not trying to be the best then maybe you shouldn’t be in the sport. I still want to be the best.”

“…Bantamweight seems to be the new hotbed right now. It’s exciting,” Edgar said. “I’ve been in the UFC for 13 years, and it’s nice to still get excited about potential opponents.”

Jung (15-5), meanwhile, is coming off a quick stoppage win over Renato “Moicano” in June.

posted by FCF Staff @ 7:00 am
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