Frankie Edgar was initially promised a fight with Conor McGregor after he knocked out Chad Mendes at The Ultimate Fighter finale in December. But that promise remained unfulfilled after it was announced last week that McGregor is to fight Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 197.
And now Edgar is not holding his emotions back and has blasted out at both McGregor and UFC for their double standards and has even went to the extent of declaring that McGregor is calling the shots at UFC.
MMA Fighting reports that Edgar made the claim during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “Yeah, from what I think, yeah, [McGregor]’s calling the shots,” Edgar said during the appearance.
“I don’t think it matters with Dana [White] and Lorenzo [Fertitta]. Really, I don’t think I’m the best fight that they want…I don’t think they want it either. So I’ve got all three of them against me.”
McGregor is due to fight Rafael dos Anjos next, leaving Edgar as the odd man out. Edgar now is stuck in a limbo-whether to wait for McGregor or keep busy as a No 1 contender.
Edgar however, has also revealed the hypocrisy in the organisation and the unjust favouritism for McGregor by UFC president, Dana White.
“I remember when [the UFC] were trying to get me to go down to 145 when I was the 155-pound champion. They said I have to let go of the belt to do that,” Edgar said during the interview.
Edgar believes that he can beat the Irishman and has even called himself “a nightmare” for McGregor.
“Yeah, I do [think I have the blueprint],” he said. “I think you seen shades of it with Chad, and I’m definitely a different fighter than Chad, I can do some of the things he can’t. And, it’s not going to be an easy fight. I mean, all fights are hard. But, yeah, I think I’m the worst match-up for McGregor. I think he knows it, I think you know it, I think the UFC knows it. I just need that chance to get my hands on him.”
“That’s what I want. Am I going to get it? I f*cking doubt it,” added Edgar.
However, Edgar has made it very clear that he won’t sit around waiting for McGregor.
“Some people are telling me to wait, but I’m going to wait so they can take it away from me again? I don’t think I can do that,” he said.
“Like you said, I’ve got a family to feed. This window’s closing. We all know this isn’t a long career. I’m 34. I feel great, I feel young. I feel like I’m getting better, but time wins over everybody eventually, so I feel like I’m just missing out on opportunities left and right.”