Officially, Frankie Edgar will battle Jose Aldo at UFC 200 for the promotion’s interim featherweight belt, but the former lightweight champ sees it another way.
According to the UFC, the current 145 champ, Mr. Conor McGregor, will defend the belt sometime later this year. Currently the promotion, however, is working on booking a rematch between McGregor and Nate Diaz.
Well, recently Edgar spoke to the media about his upcoming, July 9th scrap with Aldo. While doing so, Edgar had this to say about what’s really on the line (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I think this is for the real belt,” Edgar said. “I don’t think Conor’s coming back down (to featherweight). There’s a lot more to lose at 145 than anywhere else.”
Edgar isn’t the only person who believes that McGregor’s time at featherweight could be over. Although the Irish star has said several times that he plans to return to 145 and defend the belt, many aren’t so certain that will happen. Leading up to his welterweight fight with Nate Diaz at UFC 196, McGregor acknowledged that he felt much, much better not having to cut so much weight. Even his teammate Gunnar Nelson has expressed doubts as to whether McGregor wants to make the drop in the future.
If McGregor does defeat Diaz in round two, could he elect to remain at 170? Or might he pursue bouts at 155? Well, Edgar also reportedly said he’d be willing to move up to face McGregor, since that would come with a “big paycheck”, and because it’s “a fight I know I can win.”
UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.