Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar was scheduled to face featherweight titleholder Max Holloway at UFC 218 in December, but an injury forced him out of the fight. The match was rebooked for UFC 222, but this time, Holloway was had to withdraw due to injury.
Instead of taking a seat on the sidelines to wait for his shot at the belt, Edgar opted to fight Brian Ortega on March 3.
He suffered the first knockout loss of his storied career and lost his place as top contender in the 145-pound division. Ortega took that spot and faces Holloway in the UFC 226 co-main event on July 7.
Edgar made a quick turnaround and fought veteran Cub Swanson on April 21, winning the fight by unanimous decision. He wanted to get back in the Octagon as soon as possible after the loss to Ortega to get back into title contention. With the win, Edgar believes he should face the winner of Holloway and Ortega.
“I still think that I’m the guy. I risked that shot. Maybe I shouldn’t have, like people said, but I’m going to do it every single time because I still believe that I can win that fight. I was doing well in that fight and obviously I got caught and Ortega did a good job of finishing. I want that winner. I think I deserve it. I’m No. 3. We’ll see what happens,” said Edgar during Monday’s The MMA Hour.
“I did my part last Saturday. That’s why I jumped in quick because I wanted to be back knocking on this door and here I am knocking on the door. I think I’m the guy,” he said.
Edgar doesn’t care who wins the July 7 title fight. He’ll either be lined up against Holloway for the third time, or get a chance to avenge the only knockout loss on his record against Ortega.
“Either one of them would be great. As long as the title is on the line, I’m all in. Of course, I’d like a chance at Ortega, but if Max wins, Max shows that he’s the man, and I want to go beat the man.”