Frankie Edgar is one hot-blooded fighter.
When he wants to speak his mind, the former UFC lightweight champion doesn’t hold back.
After news broke that Rafael dos Anjos would be forced out of UFC 196 and a fight with Conor McGregor, many wondered if Edgar would be the answer. However, a groin injury forced him to pass on accepting the fight.
But that’s not how “The Answer” saw it all go down with the promotion and UFC president Dana White. Let him explain, as he did in an interview with MMAFighting.com:
“I got a call from (manager) Ali (Abdel-Aziz) saying that Rafael dos Anjos got hurt, and (the UFC) had texted him, ‘will Frankie fight him at 155?’ And, I’ve been hurt for the past four weeks. I’m pissed off for a couple of reasons. I’m pissed off that I’ve got this opportunity slip through again. I’m sitting here, I’m the one who’s been trying to fight this guy for months now. I’m flying myself to Vegas on my own dime to lobby to get a fight with this guy and now here comes the opportunity, and I’m hurt and I can’t take it. I haven’t done anything in four weeks. I didn’t just pull my groin, I tore it. I sent Dana and everyone in the UFC my MRI.
“I’m even more pissed that Dana’s insinuating that I ‘refused’ to take this fight, which is bullshit. Just because they asked me doesn’t mean they were going to give it to me because guess what, in July they asked me to take the (UFC 189) fight on 15 day’s notice, which of course I accepted, and I still didn’t get it.
“I have a feeling that if I had said ‘yes,’ if Ali had texted back ‘yes,’ that fight still would have went to Nate Diaz. I think Nate Diaz was the fight they were trying to make since the beginning. From what I hear they contacted Nate even before they contacted me. But now Dana wants to go around saying that I ‘refused ‘to take this fight, and I don’t know if he’s going to try to use it against me in the future when another opportunity comes up where I can fight for the belt, and he’s going to say, ‘well, you had your opportunity and you said no.’”
The last time Edgar fought was in December when he knocked out former featherweight title contender Chad Mendes. He was told a title fight would be next after McGregor faced Jose Aldo, but that appears to be on hold.