After Frankie Edgar knocked out Chad Mendes at the TUF 22 finale back in December, UFC President Dana White confirmed that Edgar was next in line for a featherweight title shot.
The following night at UFC 194, Conor McGregor knocked out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds to claim the UFC featherweight championship.
Since then there has been much speculation as to whether or not McGregor will defend his featherweight championship against Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar. ‘Notorious’ booked a lightweight title fight against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196.
As everyone knows by now, dos Anjos was forced to withdraw from that fight with a broken foot, and was replaced by Nate Diaz.
Edgar was offered the fight against McGregor, but was unable to accept due to the fact that he tore his groin and has bene unable to train for the past 4 weeks. He spoke to MMAFighting to discuss the situation, and why he believes something fishy is going on.
“This dude, they were going to let this guy hold the 145-pound title, go up to 55, now two weight classes are being held up. And now they’re saying he’s going to go up to 70. This is a circus. The ‘C’ in UFC stands for Conor. This guy runs the show.”
Edgar pointed to Donald Cerrone’s offer to fight McGregor after Rafael dos Anjos withdrew from UFC 196.
“Just because he offered me the fight, I honestly don’t…I think if I’d said ‘yes’ I’d still be sitting in this same position where I wouldn’t be getting this fight with Conor. I think Nate is the fight they wanted to make, and they made it.”
“And Cowboy offered his services. Why didn’t they go with Cowboy? Cowboy was fresh off a camp. He’s in shape, no injuries. They decide to go with a guy like Nate who can’t even make 155, so how much training has he been doing? I don’t understand why they picked the guy who’s probably not ready for the fight. Why not pick a guy like Cowboy who seems to be ready for it? It sounds fishy to me.”
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