The Golden 22: Frankie Edgar and MMA's championship evolution

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prophecy033
3/18/12 5:09:27PM
The "Rocky" comparison for Frankie Edgar is not accurate.

Rocky Balboa's heart and hard work transformed him from unknown bum to an unlikely champion. Edgar's lightweight title run solidified he was always to be divisional king – a key piece in evolving the championship expectations of an 18-year-old sport – who just so happens to be known for heart and hard work.

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tcunningham
3/18/12 5:55:07PM
i think Frankie needs to move down for this reason. he is fighting bigger guys that are hurting him in every fight and almost knocking him out. one of these days somebody is gonna really knock him out and then hes never gonna be able to take a punch like that again. for his own health he needs to move down. if its true that he walks around at 155lbs than you gotta think that even if he moves down to 145 hes still probably gonna be one of smaller fighters. there are bantamweights that walk around at 150+ lbs. just think about the size of aldo, we always hear about how bad his cut is. i wouldn't be surprised if aldo cuts from 160+ lbs, maybe not all at once.
FastKnockout
3/18/12 7:37:17PM
"he is fighting bigger guys that are hurting him in every fight and almost knocking him out."

Let's be fair, though. Henderson almost knocked him out with an upkick straight to jaw (which would probably rock anyone) but it was the only time during their fight he was close to knocking Edgar out. Other then Ben and his upkick Maynard (whose a huge LW with a lot of power) has been the only other guy to come close to finishing Edgar.
Bubbles
3/19/12 1:35:42PM
he is fighting bigger guys and beating them (except for a couple fights). Why should he change divisions where he is one of the best and has 2 losses on his resume? After Aldo, pending he wins, who else is there at 145 for him to solidify a legacy there? He could go on an Aldo-type run and then we are back to wanting him to fight the top guys at 155 because he cleaned out 145.
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