Everyone knows Frankie Edgar is too much of a respectful, soft-spoken dude to play the trash-talking game. But we’re unfortunately in the “Conor McGregor Age”, which means spewing forth hyperbole is the only way to get big fights (and title shots), so where does that leave Edgar?
It leaves the former lightweight champ struggling to talk his way into a championship bout… or, more aptly, it leaves his manager, Ali Abdel-Aziz, as the one doing all the talking.
Yesterday, Abdel-Aziz posted this to his Instagram:
When history speaks for itself, Frankie Edgar will go down as the guy who fought anyone at any weight, any time, and anywhere. But when history speaks for @thenotoriousmma he was a ufc champion who hand picked his opponents and chose a guys out of shape to fight him and he ducked frankie. Every media member I talked to, a majority of the fans wants to see Edgar vs Mcgregor but Conor’s coaches since he lost to Nate Diaz for every interview they talk about everyone else except for frankie. At this point im blaming the @ufc for not making this fight happen because I think it’s really up to them and they can make Conor fight frankie. Im done with this. It’s been a miserable last 4 months talking and negotiating getting this fight to happen but now I realize the only person who needs to step up and say he wants to fight frankie is Conor. But I don’t believe he wants to because he and everyone else knows that frankie would whoop his ass. I have 0 respect for a champion who ducks contenders and that’s that.
Good grief. I mean, I know it’s a manager’s job to further his fighter’s interests, but Abdel-Aziz might be trying just a little too hard.
Obviously, Edgar more than deserves a shot at the belt that McGregor is holding hostage. There’s got to be a better way, though…