Prior to the Max Holloway vs Jose Aldo rematch at UFC 218, it was supposed to be Frankie Edgar stepping into his ninth UFC title fight(his fifth as a challenger and third at Featherweight). Edgar is one of the greatest fighters to ever compete and a legend of the lighter weight classes. Prior to Brian Ortega’s huge win over Cub Swanson last Saturday, Max Holloway had fought and beaten everyone in the UFC’s Featherweight top 5 that wasn’t named Frankie Edgar. Therefore, it makes sense that Edgar would still want the fight that he was expected to get in the first place as he told Ariel Helwani on today’s MMA Hour.
“He said we’re just figuring out – this is after this weekend’s fight – we’re just waiting to see what’s next,” Edgar explained when asked about whether or not he talked to Dana White at UFC Fresno, which Edgar attended. “I think March or April sounds good, so one of those dates I imagine we’ll set it up.”
Edgar was also asked about the previously mentioned Ortega and what he thought about him and where he stood in the division.
“He’s got a good following, he’s finishing guys, yeah he might be ready, but as long it’s after me that’s all I care about,” Edgar said.
Then of course, he discussed the champion he wants to get a fight against.
“I think he’s all that he’s cracked up to be and the fact that he’s so young and keeps getting better every fight is scary almost,” Edgar said. “But that also motivates me. I still feel like I’m at the top of my game. Max is the future, but I’m still here, I’m the present and I want to get this title shot and get what’s mine and become a two-weight champion. That’s been my goal since I came down to ‘45.”
Edgar has been chasing the moniker of a multi-division champion since his drop down to the Featherweight division but Jose Aldo has prevented this dream becoming a reality for Edgar.
Will Edgar accomplish his goal?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 12/11/2017