Frankie Edgar Could Be Done Until August, Won’t Return To Lightweight

By Jeff Everette
Frankie Edgar-Gary A Vasquez USA TODAY Sports
Frankie Edgar-Gary A Vasquez USA TODAY Sports

UFC 156 did not go the way Frankie Edgar had hoped it would, but now it appears the fallout could have him sidelined for the next six months. He will need to undergo a facial CT scan to determine whether or not he suffered a left orbital fracture during his fight with Jose Aldo.

If it is determined that he has suffered a fracture, he will need to go through several tests, each of which can modify the amount of time he will need to sit before being cleared for contact.

The question then becomes, what is next for the former lightweight champion?

Dana White made it clear after the conclusion of the featherweight title fight that he did not want to see Edgar return to the lightweight class for competition. White feels that the fighters at that weight are too big and strong for Edgar, and that he will suffer unnecessary punishment if he were to pit himself against those types of competitors. The bottom line is that the Boss is not going to let Edgar fight at 155.

So what does this leave for Frankie?

Saturday nights fight was his debut as a featherweight, and the battle was not by any means one-sided. It was a good match that Aldo won by decision. Edgar could stay at this weight class and work his way towards another title fight, or as White suggested, he could go even lighter.

It is too soon for Edgar to make any real decisions at this point and with the medical concerns we may not hear of what his future holds for several months. After three title fight losses in a row, it will be interesting to see what direction the talented fighter heads. Regardless of his recent defeats, Edgar is one of the best fighters we have seen, and the MMA world will be waiting to see what he does next

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