Cape Town - It was on December 11 that former lightweight champion, Frankie
Edgar, secured himself the “next shot” at at the featherweight title when he
knocked out fellow contender Chad Mendes.
Even the UFC brass promised Edgar the
title shot, or so he thought.
The very next night Conor McGregor was crowned the
undisputed featherweight champion after his 13 second K.O. of long time champ
Edgar was supposed to enter the cage to make his challenge official
but was stopped from entering after his manager and one of Lorenzo Fertitta’s
(UFC CEO) assistants were about to escort Edgar into the Octagon.
Appearing on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, ‘The Answer’
addressed what happened on the night, how he feels and what his future holds.
“I thought they
wanted me to go into the cage. And then as i’m about to walk in Dana was
walking out, he said, ‘you’re not going in there, Conor’s going up, blah blah
blah, we might give Aldo a rematch, we don’t know.’ I just kind of… I’ve never
been, i mean granted Conor put himself in a position to be in charge, but i’ve
never been there. Usually i do what they ask me.”
In the aftermath of UFC 194 it was revealed that McGregor
would possibly move up to 155-pounds to take on the winner of the lightweight
title fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone which took place a week
later in Orlando Florida.
McGregor had stated he wanted to hold simultaneous
titles (145 & 155), like he previously did in his stint with Cage Warriors.
Now for Edgar it seems as though the promise that he would be next is being
withdrawn and has openly stated he is “pissed”
and suspects he will again be overlooked for a title shot.
“For sure i’m pissed.
I’ve been at it for a while now, i’ve knocking on the door for this title shot
for a while. It started with Cub. If Cub beat me he was promised a title shot.
I beat him, i finished him in pretty dominating fashion and no, i’m not even
considered for that title shot. I
take it in stride. I do everything in stride, i really do think i’m a company
man, but it’s not really panning out for me being that way.”
The last time Edgar spoke to Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta
was on December 12, the night McGregor beat Aldo.
Now, weeks later Edgar states he
knows nothing more than he did then. If McGregor does go up to the 155-pound
division, there is not much Frankie can do about it.
“What am i going to
do, scream and shout? What can i do? Dana and Lorenzo, they know what i want man. People are like,
‘you need to call them.’ They f*cking know what i want. What, am i going to
bother them? For what? For them to say no? So they can promise me something one
day and and say no the next? Come on.”
Edgar (20-4-1) has gone 5-1 since dropping down to the
featherweight division in 2013. His only divisional loss is to the former
Champion Jose Aldo, in what some say was a fight that Edgar won.
and 3 finishes later 34-year old Edgar is on the brink of yet another title
fight and seems as though he will let nothing stop his next fight be for the