Not long after the UFC announced that Chad Mendes is on standby as a replacement for Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar relayed he wasn’t thrilled about the decision, and now he’s detailed why.
Last Wednesday, the UFC confirmed that Aldo is still booked to fight Conor McGregor on July 11th, despite the fact he’s injured his ribs. If Aldo decides to drop out, however, Mendes will face McGregor for the interim featherweight title.
After that news surfaced, Edgar tweeted he was “disappointed” by the decision, and that it “should have been” him. Then, in the latest episode of “The MMA Hour”, Edgar said he was also called and asked if he’d be willing to fill in. Obviously the UFC decided to go another route, however, and here is some of what Edgar had to say about that (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Not taking anything away from Mendes, obviously he’s a stud and he goes in there, he won his last fight by knockout. But you know, his last two fights he’s 1-1. He has only a one-fight win streak. I have a four-fight win streak. So yeah, I am a little surprised. I think at one point after the Cub (Swanson) fight, or at some point, I was the No. 1 contender. I think it was after [Mendes’] fight with Aldo actually, I was the No. 1 contender. Then all of a sudden, somehow it got flopped.”
It is true that Edgar is ranked #1 currently, and since Mendes has been defeated by Aldo twice, the decision certainly surprised some people. Considering Aldo is injured, if he does lose on July 11th, chances are he’ll get an immediate rematch. So, Edgar’s title shot would be pushed back even further.
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