It took some a while but on Saturday Frankie Edgar became the newest on a very short list of fighters to record wins in three separate weight divisions in the UFC but after the New Jersey man outpointed Pedro Munhoz across five rounds in Las Vegas, UFC President Dana White admits that Edgar has some work to do before becoming a contender in his new weight class.
The win for Edgar, a split decision, follows run in the lightweight division (in which he was champion) and the featherweight frame (in which he was a world title challenger). Naturally, a fighter of Edgar’s calibre and history will be mentioned among the division’s top contenders, especially with a win over the very game Munhoz, but White is keen for everyone to take a step back.
“There’s some things that have to play out and there’s people ahead of him,” White said to the media, including The Mac Life. “He put on a good showing tonight and put himself in a good position, but he’s got some work to do there. Two [more fights] or one, we don’t know, it depends on who he fights next.
“Listen, the guy’s gonna be 39 years old in October or November,” White continued. “To say that he looked better at 155, 145, or whatever, the career that the guy has had has been unbelievable.
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“The fact that he’s still performing the way that he’s performing at his age and the wars that he’s been through and all the things that he’s accomplished, yeah I’d say that he looked pretty damn good tonight.”
White also confirmed that Aljamain Sterling is now considered the number one contender to Petr Yan’s 135-pound world title meaning that Edgar will have to pass at least one more test before what would be his tenth UFC world title bout in a run with the organisation which stretches back to February 2007.