“It should be me. I think based on my performance, based on what I’ve done in my career, it should be me. That’s it,” said 33-year-old New Jersey native during the post-fight press conference in Austin, Texas.
It’s hard to argue against Edgar. He’s the former lightweight champion of the world. He’s earned seven Fight of the Night awards. He’s been nominated for an ESPY.
What’s working against him is the fact that champion Jose Aldo holds a win over him. Edgar faced Aldo in his featherweight debut at UFC 156 in February 2013. He lost via unanimous decision in a fight that the scorecards didn’t reflect just how close it actually was.
Heading into Saturday’s fight, UFC president Dana White had said that if Swanson won, he’d get the next crack at Aldo. Edgar eliminated Swanson’s title shot and hopes his name will now be penciled in place of Swanson’s.
“The next fight is always your most important. Of course this one had a little more implications because that title shot is looming. Certain people were promised it. I just beat the guy that was promised it, so I’m hoping I take that spot,” said Edgar during the UFC Post Show on Fox Sports 1.
Conor McGregor faces Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 59 on Jan. 18. If he wins, the Irishman believes he’ll be granted the shot at the belt. Edgar would be upset if he had to wait for a rematch with Aldo, but knows what he’s going do if that happens.
“I’d be disappointed. I’m not going to be a baby about it. What can I do? Just put my head down, go back in the gym, and earn another shot. That’s all I could do,” he said.
“I’m here to stay. I’m coming. I’m not going to be an easy fight for anybody. I guarantee that.”