Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar: What's Next for Frankie Edgar?

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2013

August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Frankie Edgar fights Benson Henderson (not pictured) during UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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UFC 156 saw former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar challenge UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo for his 145-pound title. It was a superfight that hardcore fans have speculated on for a while now.

For Frankie Edgar, Saturday night was eventful. In fact, it was close in the sense that he should be proud and paranoid. 

He should be proud in the respect that he took the champion the distance. As The Associated Press reported, "The judges' scores were 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47 in favor of Aldo, who improved to 22-1. Edgar fell to 15-4-1."

The fight was competitive in every sense of the word. However, he does not possess the belt. That feat will require some heart, training and skill.

From here, it is tough to call where Frankie Edgar goes. He is a featherweight with a possible bantamweight frame who won the lightweight title.

Is that confusing enough for you?

Anyway, Chan Sung Jung would be the best opponent for the former 155-pound champion.

Many people consider the South Korean a top 145er to begin with. I shudder to think that the UFC would give a guy who has not fought in a while a title fight.

It's not that I think Jung would get destroyed, it's the fact that I think a full training camp would benefit the Asian assassin.

The fact that a striking battle would ensue is enticing enough. Jung has solid kickboxing skills, while Edgar is one of the best boxers in MMA.

Add to that the fact that Jung is a twister-utilizing, not shy to grapple guy who could surprise most with his skill level against a hardened veteran who can wrestle.

Now put that against a wrestler who has submission defense and a knack for making fights exciting, and you have yourself a helluva fight.

Free TV is the way to get fans. This fight would fit that bill.