Frankie Edgar frustrated on ‘no call’ to replace Rafael dos Anjos on UFC 196

Frankie Edgar frustrated on ‘no call’ to replace Rafael dos Anjos on UFC 196

Once Frankie Edgar got the word that Rafael dos Anjos backed out from their super bout against Conor McGregor, the former champion was expecting a call to be the replacement fighter but all that waiting was in vain.

“I got a call from Ali saying that Rafael dos Anjos got hurt, and [the UFC] had texted him, ‘will Frankie fight him at 155?’ And, I’ve been hurt for the past four weeks,” said Edgar as reported by

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Edgar, was promised to fight for a championship title when he won against Urijah Faber in Manila, Philippines. Almost a year after – and after another promised title fight when he won against Chad Mendes – there was still no title shot.

“I’m pissed off for a couple of reasons. I’m pissed off that I’ve got this opportunity slip through again. I’m sitting here, I’m the one who’s been trying to fight this guy for months now. I’m flying myself to Vegas on my own dime to lobby to get a fight with this guy and now here comes the opportunity, and I’m hurt and I can’t take it. I haven’t done anything in four weeks. I didn’t just pull my groin, I tore it. I sent Dana and everyone in the UFC my MRI.”

More so, Dana White is the person to be blamed as a fired up Edgar emphasized. The former champion cleared off all rumors that he didn’t want to fight Conor McGregor.

“I’m even more pissed that Dana’s insinuating that I ‘refused’ to take this fight, which is bullsh*t,” he said. “Just because they asked me doesn’t mean they were going to give it to me because guess what, in July they asked me to take the [UFC 189] fight on 15 day’s notice, which of course I accepted, and I still didn’t get it.”