Frankie Edgar is not only back in the win column but he believes he’s back in line for a shot at the UFC featherweight title.
It was just early March when Edgar suffered a knockout loss to Brian Ortega — the first in his career — that cost him a shot at featherweight champion Max Holloway.
Edgar was only in the fight with Ortega after Holloway suffered an injury that knocked him out of the event just a couple of weeks before the card took place. The setback didn’t deter Edgar from jumping right back into the Octagon on Saturday night where he dominated Cub Swanson for three rounds to earn a unanimous decision win.
Now with another win on his record and shaking off that last defeat, Edgar believes he’s right back where he belongs in the hunt for UFC gold.
“I do feel like I’m the guy,” Edgar said about getting the next shot at the title following his win on Saturday night. “I’m No. 3 [in the rankings]. I did have that title shot with Max and he got hurt. I put it on the line against [Brian] Ortega. I thought I was doing well. He caught me with a shot that I didn’t see.
“I’d love to run it back with Ortega or if Max stays the champion, I’d love a shot at Max.”
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The fight between Holloway and Ortega was made official during the broadcast on Saturday night as they will square off at UFC 226 on July 7 in Las Vegas.
From the sound of things, Edgar would like to take a break following back-to-back fights to wait and see the outcome of that matchup to see if he could face the winner.
Looking at the state of the featherweight division right now, it might be tough to deny Edgar that opportunity even with his loss to Ortega earlier this year.