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Coach Mark Henry wants Frankie Edgar to take shortest route to UFC title, ‘whether it be 135 or 145′

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Frankie Edgar’s pursuit of a second UFC belt hit a snag last month at UFC 200.

After years of working towards another title shot, Edgar saw opportunity slip through his fingers when he dropped a decision to Jose Aldo in an interim title bout that effectively decided the next man to fight UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. The loss snapped a five-fight win streak for Edgar and left his head coach, Mark Henry, dismayed at losing out on a chance to make history.

“He was right there for the belt,” Henry said Monday on The MMA Hour. “As soon as that fight ended, it was one of the biggest fights in my head that I could remember where right when the fight ended there was like 10 things or 15 things that went through my head — should’ve done this, should’ve done that, should’ve called this, should’ve called that — that would’ve worked, that Frankie would’ve done.

“Frankie is so amazing, man. You just have to yell out anything to him and he’ll jump all over it. He trusts in his corner a lot, and I just think that the chasing — we were just trying to be so aggressive and kind of left our game a little bit, instead of taking the time and working more of our game. I think we just rushed things a little bit. It reminded me a little bit of (T.J.) Dillashaw (versus) Dominick Cruz, where Dillashaw kind of left his game a little bit, just rushing after him and trying to just go after him, and wasn’t putting technique into play.”

Aldo stirred minor controversy afterward by suggesting he had a spy in Edgar’s training room during UFC 200 fight week who warned him against using leg kicks and his ….View full article

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