Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will be fighting in his seventh straight title match in February when he faces Jose Aldo at UFC 156.
This one, however, will take place at featherweight, as Edgar decided to move down after failing to take back his title from Benson Henderson last year.
“This is my seventh straight title fight, so you get used to it,” said Edgar, during a recent interview with Las Vegas Weekly. “But I want to make every one as special as it can be. Going down to 145 and having the belt on the line definitely makes it a little more motivating.”
Edgar stunned the MMA world when he defeated BJ Penn for the belt back in 2010. He went on to defend it vs. Penn, before fighting Gray Maynard to a draw.
In 2011, Edgar (14-3-1) defeated Maynard via knockout, but was topped by Henderson to start 2012. Both of his losses to Henderson came via decision.
After being involved in six fights with only three different people, Edgar said “I’m ready to move on for now, but you never know what the future holds. We had some great fights, and I’m sure the fans will be interested in seeing those again. But right now, I’m focused on the next one. We might have a rivalry out of this one, too.”
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