Frankie Edgar har under lång tid försökt få en titelmatch och blev besviken när beskedet kom om att den irländske fjäderviktsmästaren Conor McGregor valde att gå upp till lättvikt, efter att ha tagit bältet från Jose Aldo i december.
McGregor gick sedan upp till weltervikt och mötte Nate Diaz, där han gick med sin första förlust i UFC. Det ser nu ut som att McGregor lutar mot en retur mot Aldo för att försvara bältet.
Edgar tycker dock att han är mer förtjänt utav en titelmatch och att det finns mer intresse i en match mellan honom och McGregor.
Det här berättade Edgar via ”MMAJunkie”:
We’ve seen the Aldo show already. People watch fights because they’re interested in seeing who can win, and they don’t know the outcome. They’ve seen that already.
I don’t know if (McGregor) feels more comfortable because he knows he just beat (Aldo) the way he did. I don’t want to say scared, or coward, or whatever, but I just think that I’m the fight that would prove the doubters wrong.
Now he has doubters. He always had haters. Now, after a performance like that, he’s going to have even more haters. You want to prove those people wrong? Come in here and beat me. He does that, he’s going to silence those doubters. He goes and beats Aldo, he’s not going to silence anybody. People are still going to question him against me.
I don’t know how someone can do that after losing the way they did. I couldn’t do that. Even if I lost a war, I wouldn’t sit there and call the guy a (expletive). It doesn’t make sense to me.
Edgar blev tidigare erbjuden matchen mot McGregor, men kunde då inte tacka ja på grund av skada. Dana White nämnde dock ingenting om detta under intervjuerna om Edgar.
Yeah, it’s not fun. The shot is an inch above your junk, and it goes about six inches in. This time, something popped. It wasn’t just inflammation.
This situation happened when Jose did get hurt (prior to UFC 189), and I did step up on 15 days’ notice, and they didn’t give it to me. 100 percent, if I wasn’t injured, I would have jumped all over this.
(Dana) was like, ‘You’re just upset because you didn’t get the fight,’ and he’s kind of right. I was upset because I couldn’t fight. He did (paint a different picture), but I think he said in some other interviews, ‘He was injured.’ He told me, ‘I had three minutes. They asked me who was offered it, and that’s what I said.’ So whatever. I don’t take it to heart. It’s a business.
He’s trying to promote Conor, he’s trying to promote the fight, trying to promote that Nate’s the man, and these other guys aren’t. I get it. I was just disappointed because I’ve been a company guy – I’ve been willing to step up on many occasions, and I just felt like I was slighted a little bit. But all in the past.
Edgar skulle vilja se att han får möta McGregor i en titelmatch under UFC 200.
He wants the biggest fights. That’s going to be one of the biggest weekends, whether he’s there or not. You add him, it’s going to be even bigger.
I think I’ve been doing the right thing by the UFC from Day One. I’m hoping they throw me a bone. I think they should. I think the fans know they should.