We now know that Conor McGregor is going to take on lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos next, and not Frankie Edgar, and the latter’s coach has congratulated “Notorious” for his decision…Well, not really.
For several weeks, Edgar campaigned hard for a bout with McGregor, which he earned, by taking out Chad Mendes in December. Since McGregor is the reigning featherweight champ at 145, due to his KO win over Jose Aldo, the two appear on to be on collision course. Except for the fact, however, that McGregor wants to compete at lightweight as well, and the UFC has granted his wish. So, McGregor-Edgar will have to wait.
Of course, Edgar and his camp likely aren’t too thrilled about what’s transpired. Case in point, check out what Edgar’s coach, Mark Henry, recently relayed to McGregor (and his coach John Kavanagh) on Instagram:
mark_henry7@thenotoriousmma and@coach_kavanagh unlike most of the 145 pd division that is upset you’re going up I’m not. I want to congratulate you on actually fighting men your own size. I mean walking 175-180 fighting at 155 takes a brave man. When you say 99 % of people couldn’t make the weight cut Conner makes to 145 your right, because 99 % of the fighters aren’t as scared as Conner to have to drop that much weight. Fear could will a man to do amazing things. Now why don’t you drop the security blanket and leave the 145 pd belt and go full blown BIG BOY. Congratulations again……. Almost.
PS @frankieedgar walked 156 when he won 155 title.
How about that? Now sure, McGregor boosters will argue that “Notorious” should be commended for the discipline that it takes to make the cut to 145, and that further, his quest to grab the 155 title is inspiring.
But, when you consider what Edgar accomplished at lightweight, and just his abilities overall, it would be truly fascinating to see him face McGregor. The big question is, what’s next for Edgar now? Initially, it looked like Edgar wasn’t keen on waiting around until mid 2016 for McGregor, but more recently, his manager has said he will wait for the title shot. After all, who could Edgar fight in the interim?