Even two weight lessons south, Frankie Edgar nonetheless thinks he gained’t be one of many largest fighters within the division.
The previous UFC light-weight champion is anticipated to make his bantamweight debut on July 11. Edgar (23-8-1 MMA, 17-8-1 UFC) takes on contender Pedro Munhoz at UFC 251, which is a part of the “Struggle Island” sequence of occasions happening on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Edgar doesn’t really feel like he’s making a giant reduce to 135 kilos regardless of having fought a very good portion of his profession at light-weight.
“All the pieces fairly related,” Edgar informed MMA Junkie. “I’ve been weight-reduction plan since I obtained the decision for the combat. So simply consuming clear and placing the correct stuff in my physique and being fairly exact and fairly strict in my weight-reduction plan. I really feel nice … and actually good truly. After I was in a position to combat at 155 and 145, I didn’t must eat the cleanest and form of put no matter I need in me. Now, I’m compelled to eat very clear, and I truly really feel higher.”
A number of weeks out and Edgar mentioned he’s already nearly 15 kilos away from the bantamweight restrict. Although he spent a lot of his profession at light-weight, Edgar doesn’t assume he’ll be one of many larger fighters within the division.
“I can stroll round between 155 and 160 once I’m coaching laborious,” Edgar mentioned. “However I’m round 150 now, so I’m nicely on my method to 135. I in all probability gained’t be the largest ’35 for certain.”
Edgar by no means imagined he’d be combating at bantamweight when he reigned as UFC champion at 155 kilos. “The Reply” mentioned his success within the two weight divisions above simply made the additional reduce pointless.
Nevertheless, coming off a loss to Chan Sung Jung in December and some failed title campaigns, Edgar believes now’s the correct time for the drop in weight.
“I felt like I might compete at 155,” Edgar mentioned. “I used to be the champion, and despite the fact that I misplaced, I misplaced razor-close fights to Benson Henderson and went right down to 145 and I used to be competing with the very best there – fought for the title a couple of occasions.
“So I actually by no means felt the necessity to reduce a boatload of weight. I didn’t wish to be the very best dieter. I simply needed to give attention to my ability and be the very best fighter. The character of the game is that everybody is getting larger and higher and higher at chopping weight and placing it again on. So I form of simply thought now’s the time to do it.”
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