Frankie Edgar Not Happy About Possibly Being Passed Over For Title Shot

Published on January 6th, 2016 5:02 pm EST

Former UFC Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar is not a happy man right now.

In recent weeks, Edgar has taken to both media and his Twitter account to express dissatisfaction with the UFC over how they are handling his promised title shot, or lack thereof.

Edgar, who has won his last five fights in a row, believes that he has done everything necessary to earn himself a shot at Conor McGregor's Featherweight title. The financial implications of Edgar getting a shot at McGregor are obviously huge for the former Lightweight champion, as Edgar would almost surely receive a very big paycheck if he did manage to land the big fight.

After defeating Chad Mendes in December, it was widely assumed that Edgar would be getting the next shot at the Featherweight title. It is tough to argue that anyone else deserves the shot ahead of Edgar.

The problem, however, is that McGregor may be jumping up to Lightweight to battle either Rafael dos Anjos or Nate Diaz. UFC President Dana White has already basically said that McGregor will be able to name his next fight, which means that Edgar may be left out in the cold. If McGregor does decide to defend his Featherweight title, there is also the possibility that former champion Jose Aldo may get an immediate rematch. In any event, there seems to be a very large possibility that Edgar will be on the sidelines for a while.

Let's say that McGregor jumps up to Lightweight. If McGregor decides to fight Rafael dos Anjos for the title, this would mean that Edgar would very likely have to sit on the sidelines for at least a year if he wanted to wait for his promised title shot. The UFC doesn't like it when fighters choose to sit in the sidelines instead of fight, so there would be no guarantee of a title shot for Edgar, in my opinion, if he did decide to go that route. Plus, if McGregor jumps up to Lightweight and gets absolutely starched, the bloom would fall off the rose at least a little bit.


Given the money that is on the line, it's easy to see why Frankie Edgar would be so frustrated. He was passed over at UFC 189 in favor of Chad Mendes when Jose Aldo was forced to pull out due to injury, and it is looking like Edgar might get passed over again. There is probably millions of dollars on the line for Edgar, so it's easy to see why he would be so agitated at this point.

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