Frankie Edgar: Lightweight turned Featherweight

Frankie Edgar was a former UFC lightweight champion and just recently, has decided to join UFC featherweight ranks. His move was announced in last Tuesday’s episode of “UFC Tonight” which is featured on Fuel TV. The announcement was also confirmed the report through the official UFC Twitter feed after the UFC Tonight broadcast.

Before this announcement, it was unknown if Edgar will make his move to 145 pounds as the fighter’s managers and coaches were not available for comment. The news from the UFC show finally confirmed the latest move on Edgar’s career.

To recall, Edgar won the UFC lightweight title in 2010 when he defeated B.J. Penn. It was called a “controversial” match at the UFC 112. Edgar emerged the clear victor in the rematch. He was able to defend the title once more from Penn four months later at UFC 118 via unanimous decision.

But lately, Edgar was twice defeated by Benson Henderson; the first was in UFC 144 in a headline fight in February 2012 via unanimous decision. The second time was at the UFC 150 entitled “Henderson versus Edgar 2” in August via split decision. Edgar’s recent win is nearly a year ago against Gray Maynard at UFC 136 in a headline fight where he won by knocking out Maynard.

Even with his recent losses to Henderson, Edgar remains focused and determined to challenge fighters in the featherweight division. After all, he has defeated impressive fighters like Matt Veach, Sean Sherk, Hermes Franca, Tyson Griffin and Jim Miller, to name a few. In his young MMA career, he has 14 wins, only 3 losses and 1 draw under his belt.

There are many fighters like Edgar who have moved up from one division to another or has moved down as well but in the end had regrettable results. Edgar needs to efficiently shed several pounds of weight and to train to become quicker and possibly sharper to be able to compete against featherweight fighters. It is not always a pleasing move especially when you are comfortable in your own weight.

Frankie “The Answer” Edgar is a 30 year old fighter from Toms River, New Jersey. He hopes that his move from lightweight to featherweight is The Answer to his growing career. But with 14 wins in his career he will surely be able to do so after hard training and reducing weight efficiently.

Cyborg Needs to Cut Weight to Fight Rowdy Rousey

How will a matchup happen between Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos when the two fighters are weight divisions apart? According to Strikeforce commentator Pat Miletich, Rousey has the leverage which means Cyborg needs to reduce weight.

Last Saturday, Rousey was able to defend her 135 – pound Strikeforce title against Sarah Kaufman with her favorite and signature move, the arm bar. She managed to take down Kaufman in just a matter of seconds of round 1. After Rousey’s impressive victory, she challenged Santos, the promotion’s former 145 – pound champion; Rousey challenged the Cyborg to meet her at 135 but in response, Santos invited her to move up to 145.

Miletich was interviewed by the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show and he said: “With Cyborg saying she’s not going to drop down to 135 to fight Rousey, she’s not in the driver’s seat anymore.” He adds: “Ronda Rousey is in the driver’s seat. She’s the star of women’s MMA and she can kind of call the shots. If Cyborg wants the fight, well, she’d better start cutting some weight.”

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos is a featherweight fighter from Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. She has an equally impressive 10 wins and only one loss in her career. Her recent fight was no contest decision against Hiroko Yamanaka in Strikeforce “Melendez versus Masvidal” in December 2011. Her only loss was to Erica Paes at the beginning of her career as a pro in Showfight 2. She was suspended for a year for a positive steroid test and as she was resting on the sidelines, Rousey has managed to shine at the spotlight.

Miletich talks more about Rousey: “She’s wrecking girls that are pretty much the best they can find, the best girls out there, and she’s toying with all of them,” He adds: “She’s unique. She stands above, just like an Anderson Silva who’s toying with people and wrecking them. Watching the artistry of it all, she’s a unique a unique individual and people will pay to see it.”

But Miletich cites some problems in the Cyborg versus Rowdy match up, Santos may give Rousey huge problems. She is a big fighter and is seen as strong and dangerous on her feet. There is of course one thing that she must never forget and that is to stay standing because if she fails, Rousey will be there to stop her. “You know what Ronda Rousey’s going to do. You know what her goal is and you’ve got to be good enough to stop it. That’s just as plain as it gets.”

Tara LaRosa on Ronda Rousey

Tara LaRosa was viewing the “Rousey versus Kaufman” fight and she was totally impressed. She broke down the popular first round submission win of Rousey over Kaufman as well as all the other fighters she was able to beat using her signature armbar move.

The top female MMA fighter was interviewed by Sherdog Radio Network’s “Rewind” Show and she had so many impressive comments and speculations before and after the fight; here’s what she mentioned about Kaufman’s strategy against Rousey: “I would have been curious to see how things would have went if Sarah had met her head on as she cam e out from her corner instead of circling. Because as she circled, you saw Ronda kind of stalk her down and sort of made like a spiral toward the cage. As Kaufman circled, she got closer and closer and closer to the cage. Ronda threw the jab to set up the cross and once she threw the cross and left again, she was ready on the cage and able to clinch.” She also mentioned that she was rather curious to see what could have happened if Sarah had met her in the middle of the ring. “It may have just been the same thing, the same conclusion, but I don’t know.”

She also commented on what fighters fail to do as Rousey is set to deliver the armbar. “With Ronda, when she does go for the armbar and she’s got a hold of  you, if you’ve got yourself locked up – you’ve got your arms locked…They are trying to escape by pulling out and stacking, whereas she’s got her feet crossed.” LaRosa also thought of a strategy as she pictures herself at the paws of Rousey’s signature move. “I think I would try to sit my head back through and work my way into guard. Easier said than done – it’s just a theory. I haven’t been in there with her yet, so I don’t know, but one of the things that I do when I’m going with someone that is bigger, stronger or even more proficient, I tend to dig my head through to try to get back into guard.”

She also recognizes Rousey’s domination on the sport since she has a powerful judo background. Other than this impressive skill, she is also training for other mixed martial arts moves making her become better and unbeatable as well.