UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defended his 145-pound title for the seventh time in a rematch against Chad Mendes on Oct. 25. There are two names in the hat for Aldo’s next opponent: Frankie Edgar and Conor McGregor.
Edgar decisively defeated the No. 2-ranked Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 57 on Saturday, strengthening his case to be next in line. McGregor faces Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 59 on Jan. 18, but an impressive performance by the Irish star could land him in a title fight.
Edgar believes he’s earned another shot at Aldo based on his career accomplishments, which include being the former UFC lightweight champion. The seven-time Fight of the Night award winner thinks there’s still unknowns about McGregor and wants to see them answered. But he doesn’t think the match-up with Siver is going to shed any light on those unknowns.
“It’s not my job to make the fights,” he said during the UFC Fight Night 57 post-fight press conference. “I think it’s a good match-up for him, but I think everybody wants to see him fight a wrestler.
“There’s still some unknowns about him, but he’s been doing everything that he’s supposed to when he’s in there with whomever he’s in there with. Dennis I don’t think is an easy fight by any means, but it’s not the match-up that everybody wants. They want to see him fight a wrestler and someone that can take him into deep water. But it is what it is,” continued Edgar.
At some point, McGregor will face a wrestler. Edgar hopes it’s before “The Notorious” gets a shot at the title.
“He’s going to eventually and that’s all that matters. And that’s when all the answers will be told about him, ,” Edgar said during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight.
“There’s still a lot of unknown about Conor. I think with what he’s been presented thus far, he’s handled it tremendously. But he hasn’t been in deep water and he hasn’t fought a wrestler. Those are definitely the unknowns.”