Since Edgar took out Chad Mendes in December, he’s been calling for a bout with the featherweight champ. But, the UFC proceeded to sign a fight between McGregor and Rafael dos Anjos, who was ultimately replaced by Nate Diaz. After the latter submitted McGregor at UFC 196, everyone assumed that Edgar was finally going to get his wish. But, as you know, McGregor is expected to rematch Diaz at UFC 200, and the featherweight belt will continue to collect dust.
Well, recently Edgar’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, relayed the following on Instagram:
When history speaks for itself, Frankie Edgar will go down as the guy who fought anyone at any weight, any time, and anywhere. But when history speaks for @thenotoriousmma he was a ufc champion who hand picked his opponents and chose a guys out of shape to fight him and he ducked frankie. Every media member I talked to, a majority of the fans wants to see Edgar vs Mcgregor but Conor’s coaches since he lost to Nate Diaz for every interview they talk about everyone else except for frankie. At this point im blaming the @ufc for not making this fight happen because I think it’s really up to them and they can make Conor fight frankie. Im done with this. It’s been a miserable last 4 months talking and negotiating getting this fight to happen but now I realize the only person who needs to step up and say he wants to fight frankie is Conor. But I don’t believe he wants to because he and everyone else knows that frankie would whoop his ass. I have 0 respect for a champion who ducks contenders and that’s that.
Sure, this is to be expected, considering how badly Edgar wants to fight McGregor, and how big of a fight that will be. But, you can understand why Edgar’s camp is so frustrated. In the past, the UFC has typically dictated what fights are going to happen and when. So, the fact McGregor is getting another shot at Diaz, speaks to how huge of a star he is and what kind of influence he’s attained.
Unless McGregor vacates the 145 title soon, Edgar could end up spending nearly all of 2016 on the sidelines.