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Featherweight move would aid talented Edgar - Pearson

ESPN staff
March 26, 2012
Frankie Edgar wants his UFC lightweight belt back © Getty Images

Ross Pearson does not blame Frankie Edgar for wanting to stay at 155lbs in an attempt to regain his UFC lightweight title, but he predicts the former champion would be even better in the featherweight division.

Edgar recently lost his 155lb belt in a tight and highly skilled tussle against Ben Henderson. A unanimous decision went against him, and a rematch has since been ordered.

In an ideal world, UFC president Dana White would see Edgar drop to a more natural weight of 145lbs, where he would become an instant challenge for the seemingly untouchable Jose Aldo.

A drop in weight would also see Edgar move into Pearson's territory, but the Brit - who recently cut from 155lbs himself - believes it would be a good move for Edgar. Having previously trained with the American, Pearson admits Edgar is good enough at either weight class.

"Frankie's style works perfectly for him at 155, he's fast, his wrestling is really good, but when you come up against somebody as powerful as Ben Henderson is, it just shows that size is a factor," Pearson told ESPN.

"Would it benefit Frankie's career [to drop down]? Yeah, I think it would. At 145 he would be one of the top guys in the division, if not challenging for the title.

"He's got his sights set on 155 and you've got to do what you want to do. If he doesn't want to do 145, don't do it.

"He's a force in any weight division. He's a great fighter, I've trained with him and he's an all-round talented guy. It doesn't matter what the size is, he's a lion."

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