Frankie Edgar is in the best position in the world, and the worst position in the world.
In terms of being in the best position, he’s a former lightweight champ whose run in the featherweight division has seen him pick away all other contenders – with his last outing ending in a sudden TKO win over Chad Mendes. Surely a victory over such a high-ranking opponent would warrant him a title shot, no?
Well, that’s where Edgar is in the worst position in the world. You see, the featherweight class has become the UFC’s marquee division, and it’s all thanks to the words and deeds of one Conor McGregor, who talked his way into prominence and then beat his way to the title. Ideally, Edgar would love to face McGregor now that the Irishman has dethroned Jose Aldo, but… but… what if McGregor wants to move up to lightweight and fight for the belt there?
Obviously, that could mean beacoup dollars for the UFC, so that leaves Edgar high and dry.
As per today’s “The MMA Hour“:
“For sure, I’m pissed,” he told Ariel Helwani. “I’ve been at it for a while now, I’ve been knocking on the door for this title shot for a while. It started with Cub [Swanson]. If Cub beat me he was promised a title shot. I beat him, I finished him in pretty dominating fashion and no, I’m not even considered for that title shot. I take it in stride. I do everything in stride, I really do think I’m a company man, but it’s not really panning out for me being that way.”
Asked if he was losing patience with being told one thing only to watch something else happen, he said he’s long past that.
“I’m there — I’m there already,” he said. “I’m not one to sit there and cry about it. People, my whole career say, ‘you’re too quiet, you need to say stuff,’ and the minute you say something it’s, ‘you’re f*cking crying.’ I mean come on, you just can’t win with these people. And you really can’t pay attention to them. The people I need to talk to are Dana and Lorenzo, and they seem like they’re not listening either.”
It’s hard not to feel for Edgar, who’s definitely earned his shot.