Frankie Edgar on getting a title shot: “For sure, I’m pissed. I’ve been knocking on the door for this title shot for a while.”
Frankie Edgar did his best to win over fellow MMA fighter, Chad Mendes back in December 11th. Since the former UFC lightweight champ did so well in his fight, the UFC made a promise that he will be given the chance on a title bout, which of course, made Edgar happy.
Just like Edgar, Conor McGregor did very well in his own bout against Jose Aldo. This bout, however, made a huge impact in the history of the UFC because McGregor was able to win over 10-year reigning champ in just under 13 seconds into the first round. And when Edgar, who was promised that he’ll be the next one to go against McGregor, was about to go and have a post-fight interview, he was stopped by Lorenzo Fertitta’s assistants even before he had the chance to enter the cage.
During a recent interview with The MMA Hour, Edgar recalled what took place that night when White told him the sad news.
“I thought they wanted me to go in the cage. And then as I’m about to walk in Dana [White] 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,” Edgar recalled.
After UFC 194, the promotion revealed that Conor McGregor may be moving up the 155-pound division and fight whoever wins the bout between Donald Cerrone and Rafael dos Anjos. McGregor further revealed that he actually wanted to have two titles under his belt, one at 145 pounds and one at 155 pounds, which is something that the promotion has never allowed before.
Edgar, on the other hand, isn’t too happy with what is happening, especially since his chance for a title shot is at stake.
“For sure, I’m pissed. I’ve been at it for a while now, I’ve been knocking on the door for this title shot for a while. It started with Cub [Swanson]. 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,” Edgar said to Helwani during a recent interview.
When Edgar was asked if he is almost at the end of his rope on waiting for some good news, he said that he is way past that.
“I’m there — I’m there already. I’m not one to sit there and cry about it. People, my whole career say, ‘you’re too quiet, you need to say stuff,’ and the minute you say something it’s, ‘you’re f*cking crying.’ I mean come on, you just can’t win with these people. And you really can’t pay attention to them. The people I need to talk to are Dana and Lorenzo, and they seem like they’re not listening either,” Edgar shared.
Edgar made it clear though, that if McGregor is indeed go up a weight class, there’s nothing much he can do about it so might as well not keep his hopes up on the MMA title shot.
“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 say no the next? Come on. Realistically, I’m setting myself up for that already. I’m setting myself up for hope for the best, expect the worst. I’m expecting the worst,” Edgar added.