The narrative coming from Conor McGregor’s fanbase, as well as the UFC, is that the Irish star pushed so hard for a rematch with Nate Diaz, because he desperately wants to avenge the defeat. Featherweight contender Frankie Edgar, however, has a different take on the situation…
If you recall, immediately after McGregor was submitted by Diaz in March, the fighter said he intended to defend his 145 belt next. But, not long after, it became clear that McGregor wanted another crack at Diaz, and wanted to do so again at 170 pounds.
Now the two are booked to fight again at UFC 202 on August 20th (after all the drama regarding UFC 200…). Recently Edgar appeared on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour”, in advance of his July 9th bout with Jose Aldo.
While discussing McGregor’s decision to rematch Diaz, instead of defend the 145 belt, Edgar said this (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
At 145 he has everything to lose. At 170, he has nothing to lose. I mean, even though Nate is a 155-pound guy, and he decided not to cut weight so they could go around and market the fact that he’s going up two weight classes; which is ridiculous because he is fighting Nate Diaz who is a 55 pounder. If he loses at 70, well then, ‘Oh, he was too big, he’s fighting guys bigger than him.’ At 145, he loses then he has nothing. He loses his title, then what? He has a really hard time making that weight anyway, and if he goes to 55, he is not going to be in the title talks for a while, Conor is a smart guy. The way he promotes himself, the fights he gets, he’s a very smart guy, good coaches around him and they are making the right decisions for his career.”
It’s an interesting take on the situation, although, McGregor supporters have argued the fighter should be credited for testing his abilities, and moving up in weight. Further, if McGregor is in fact defeated by Diaz again, his stock will definitely take another hit. So, according to this argument, he has plenty to lose.
But, if McGregor had returned to 145 following his loss to Diaz, and was defeated by say Edgar, then the star’s ranking would have really been diminished no?