Frankie Edgar was smoking hot when Conor McGregor chose to move up in weight and fight for the Lightweight title rather than defend his Featherweight strap against Edgar, the man universally recognized as McGregor’s main threat at 145 pounds. But weeks after UFC 197 has been made official, Frankie Edgar has mellowed a bit as he believes that he has the answer to his future.
Edgar earned the right to be McGregor’s unofficial next challenger with an impressive first round KO of Chad Mendes at the TUF 22 Finale:
Since losing to Jose Aldo at UFC 156, where he challenged for Aldo’s title in his featherweight debut, Edgar has won five bouts in a row. After his latest win, UFC President Dana White promised Edgar a shot at McGregor’s title but the latter had bigger plans. Now Edgar’s playing a wait and see game while McGregor wants him to wait a little longer:
“Frankie has a little bit of desperation about him or something. He went 0-2 at lightweight, got the chance to fight for the featherweight title and got the head slapped off him. Now he’s running around begging. It has a stink of desperation off of it, so I’m just going to let him sit for a while.”
A while could mean until July 2016, when UFC 200 takes place. Although McGregor fights Rafael Dos Anjos on March 5, the UFC certainly needs its top attraction to be on what is being dubbed as the biggest UFC event of All-Time at UFC 200. Besides, no matter what happens at UFC 197 on March 5, McGregor will remain as the UFC Featherweight champion. Having said that, McGregor’s next logical fight should be a title defense at Featherweight and Edgar will likely get that title shot.
While Edgar initially sounded desperate to get an immediate fight with McGregor, it looks as if he’s absorbed everything pretty well now. Go to the next page to see what he said to Fox Sports: