Frankie Edgar has made it pretty, pretty, clear that he wants to fight Conor McGregor next, but the former lightweight champ also wants to face Jose Aldo one more time. The way things are looking now, you never know, maybe that will happen…
As you may have heard, on Friday it was reported that the UFC is trying to book McGregor – Nate Diaz II for UFC 200. As this is being written, however, there’s been no official word from the promotion regarding this. The report likely raised eyebrows throughout the MMA world, however, as following McGregor’s loss to Diaz, he said he intended to defend the 145 belt next.
Well, Mr. Edgar has been campaigning very hard for a shot at McGregor, and recently he appeared on ESPN Radio. This was before it was reported that McGregor – Diaz II is in the works.
During the segment, Edgar repeated that he wants to fight the featherweight champ, but he also had this to say about Aldo (quote via MMA Mania.com):
“All my fights I’ve lost have been very, very close. There’s never been a fight where I’ve gotten blown out, or haven’t been in. I mean, I could even argue, that I think I won that Aldo fight. I outstruck him rounds two, four and five. You know, took him down three times to none. It was a close fight; my first fight down at 145. I think I’ve improved. I’m not looking to fight Aldo yet, I want to fight McGregor for that 145-pound title, but I’d love a chance to get some redemption at Aldo as well.”
Edgar battled Aldo back in 2013, during the latter’s storied reign, and lost via UD. Now, a lot has to play out before this could happen, but could McGregor end up vacating the 145 title? And Aldo – Edgar II get booked?
McGregor has said he doesn’t want to vacate the belt, but what if he does face Diaz again, and wins? Will he stay at 170? Or move to 155? That title would be on the shelf for a very long time…