Frankie Edgar Put Title Shot to the Side to Fight Urijah Faber

March 19, 2015
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To wait or not wait for a UFC title shot is a question top contenders must answers at one point or another. Waiting has paid off for some, but sitting out has also backfired for others.

No. 2-ranked featherweight and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar could have sat back and waited to face the winner of the fight between titleholder Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, who square of at UFC 189 this summer,  but opted to accept a fight against Urijah Faber instead.

Edgar-Faber-WelcometoTheShow-Presser-750“I had to take a year off from fighting to do The Ultimate Fighter show. This is not something I enjoy too much. I’m 33 years old and I don’t want to kind of waste any time just sitting on the sideline waiting for stuff to happen,” said Edgar during a recent press conference.

Edgar coached a team on The Ultimate Fighter 19 opposite B.J. Penn. He defeated the former two-division UFC champion for a third time during the reality show’s season finale, but a year has passed since he had last fought heading into the match-up.

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Edgar is done waiting for things to play out in the 145-pound division and accepted a bout agreement to face Faber on May 16 in the featured bout of the promotion’s first event in the Philippines.

“If I’m the No. 1 guy, there’s really no one I can fight that can make me any higher. I think Urijah is the biggest name I could fight. It’s an exciting fight that the fans want to see, so let’s give it to them,” Edgar said.

UFC Fight Night 66: Edgar vs. Faber takes place at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines on May 16.

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  • Seth

    It’s easy to put to the side something that’s not yours, huh…?

    And before haters comes in – I didn’t say he doesn’t deserve title shot. He just doesnt have one at the moment, neither he had one to use before he accepted to fight Faber.

    • Sir_Roy

      The point is, he’s the No. 1 contender and is, in fact, guaranteed the winner of Aldo vs. Conner. If he felt like waiting for it, it’s there. No one else deserves that fight other than Edgar. It’s a no brainer. Good on him for choosing to fight, and risk his guaranteed slot at a title in so doing. Faber has everything to gain, nothing to lose. Edgar … not so much.

      • Seth

        You remember Rashad and his “guaranteed” title shot for which he had to fight twice after he was given it? Yeah, I remember it too. UFCs title shot is guaranteed in only one way. When you put your signature on a contract that says your next fight is for the title. If you didn’t do that, there is no guarantee you will be next in line.

        • Sir_Roy

          I do think the UFC might need some kind of governing body eventually to follow the rankings and set-up title shot contenders. At least for title fights. So that the real contenders get the big fights, and they don’t just happen on Dana White’s whim. That said, I don’t know of many jobs wherein you can just say “no” to a task the president of the company hands you … then expect to remain in “good graces” or even keep said job.

          • Seth

            Problem is, UFC is private business. And as far as they are concerned, they can give a title shot to most random MMA fighter and no one can stop them really. As long as they will see big money in certain fights, they will keep doing it.

  • cheflacsto

    Agreed, but he never said he had one, that’s how the title is written. If Jose loses he will probably get an immediate rematch anyway.

  • KJK

    Whether he had the shot or not and whether he put it aside or not doesn’t really matter….point is he didn’t need to fight Faber to get it. I like this fight and I’m glad it’s taking place. In recent years there have been too many guys waiting on title shots. It’s good to see more and more fighters stepping up and taking other fights. I think it proves what you’re really made of when you take a fight that could derail a potential title shot….recently Gus, Hendricks, Frankie, Cowboy, and arguably even Faber all come to mind as guys willing to do this. Somewhere along the line it all became about the title and what perfectly executed series of steps could be taken to get a fighter that shot and I personally think this has taken away from the sport by preventing plenty of fights people would actually like to see.

    • laleggenda

      Fighters have to do what’s best for their careers and bank accounts. Of course fighters are focused on the title – not only is it the pinnacle of the sport, but it’s the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. While I’d prefer that fighters didn’t sit and wait for title shots, I can’t blame them for being strategic in their career path. If anything, it’s the UFC’s job to discourage such behavior. They shouldn’t allow the fighter to call the shots in regards to getting a title shot. But as long as they allow it to go on, I can’t blame the fighter for taking advantage of it.

  • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

    After Frankie beats up Faber he should drop down and fight the winner of the Dillashaw/Bareo fight