UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, recuperating from a controversial rib injury, was not in attendance at UFC 189 on Saturday night to watch Conor McGregor defeat Chad Mendes. Another very interested party was… Frankie Edgar.
Since failing to capture the belt fro Aldo in early 2013, Edgar has gone on to win four consecutive fights, including wins over Urijah Faber, Cub Swanson, BJ Penn, and Charles Oliveira. He felt he was already deserving of another title shot prior to defeating Faber in May, and was passed over in favor of McGregor, who has taken the MMA world by storm.
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Usually not one to be all that vocal, Edgar is finally taking a stand for himself and believes that even though the UFC has plans for McGregor, the new interim champion, to face Aldo in a monster unification fight, he should get first crack at the brash Irishman.
“I do (believe I should fight McGregor next). Who knows how long Aldo’s gonna take?” said Edgar after Saturday night’s fight.
What happens next likely hinges on Aldo’s recovery time, as well as McGregor’s health.
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