“You’ve seen what’s happened before. I’ve seen it slip out of my hands and slip out of others’ hands as well so I’ve got to be ready for that but I’m hoping for the best. I feel like I’ve been saying it after every post fight interview. I’m calling Dana [White] out and everything. S*** last night he told me I’m getting it. He said it at the press conference that I’m next in line and I just saw him outside the cage ‘Conor’s going up, we don’t know what we’re going to do or Conor might give Aldo a rematch’ but then Conor just said he’d like to fight me possibly so I like the latter… I think it’s up to Conor, it’s up to Dana, we’ll see. I think if he’s thinking about going to 155, which is another rumor, he’s got one more fight left and that’s me. I think I’m his worst matchup. I know it, I think a lot of people know it and he’s got to fight that fight before he makes that move… He’s got one more challenge – and that’s me. [He will have] a very short title reign.”
-Frankie Edgar talks to FoxSports.com after a whirlwind weekend about why Conor McGregor needs to fight him next.
Penick’s Analysis: Edgar’s done more than enough to earn another shot at the UFC Featherweight Championship, and in many ways it would be a damned shame to have him get passed over for that shot against McGregor. Obviously there are arguments in favor of a Jose Aldo rematch, and there’s considerable intrigue in the idea of a fight between McGregor and the Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone winner from this weekend, but Edgar’s done nothing but beat the crap out of everyone else put in front of him, and he took Mendes out in quicker and more dominant fashion than did McGregor. He’s earned that opportunity multiple times over, and for his sake it’d be a great next Featherweight Championship bout.
[Frankie Edgar art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]