In 2011, Frankie Edgar was the UFC lightweight champion, and Dominick Cruz held the belt at bantamweight. In 2013, Edgar dropped to featherweight and unsuccessfully challenged for the title three times. On August 22, 2020, in the main event of UFC on ESPN 15, Edgar successfully dropped to bantamweight, with a Split Decision win over Pedro Munhoz.
Throughout that time, Cruz remained at bantamweight, vacating the title due to injuries, winning it back, defending it successfully, and losing it, all in 2016. Injuries kept Cruz out until 2020, when he returned it a title shot vs. Henry Cejudo, who won, and MMA Retired.
During a recent appearance on Bruce Buffer’s It’s Time podcast, Edgar angled for a fight with Cruz.
“Another guy that’s also a little older and a legend himself is Dominick Cruz,” said Edgar. “A lot of people are still talking about that, so I’m definitely interested. The title is obviously my main goal, where my sight’s on, but it doesn’t have to be right away. I’m willing to fight some of those legacy fights as well.”
“That’d be tough. If you chase him, he’s really good at that, and you don’t want him chasing you either. So I think you got to mix it up and try a little cat and mouse game with him.”
Edgar was asked when he wants to fight again.
“I think before the year is out,” he replied. “Before Christmas would be ideal. I just spoke with my manager about wanting to get in there in December and he’s got some ideas. I’m sure he’s gonna run it by the UFC soon.”
Cruz does not have a fight scheduled since the loss to Cejudo, so the timing could be perfect. Make it happen Dana White and Ali Abdelazziz.
What do you think UG, who takes Frankie vs. Dom?