“I think it very well could be just how I match up with him. We’ve seen him deal with wrestling of Chad and I feel like my wrestling’s just as good if not better than Chad’s and on the ground I have great top control and great ground and pound and I can do it forever. I really think I’m a nightmare for him. I don’t know if that’s keeping him away. Prove me wrong. Prove all the doubters wrong. Stroke that ego a little bit… I was the Lightweight Champion and I felt I never really lost that belt. Now he’s the featherweight champion and he wants to go up to lightweight. It just makes sense. Conor’s hearing it. It’s all over Twitter people telling him that I’m a tough matchup and Conor’s got an ego. I’m hoping his ego wants to prove everybody wrong and that he is better than me. I want to prove everybody right.”
-Frankie Edgar talks to FoxSports.com about why he thinks Conor McGregor might be hesitant to fight him, trying to play to the UFC Featherweight Champion’s ego to make the fight happen.
Penick’s Analysis: I like Edgar’s style here. Why not use McGregor’s own strategy to get that to happen? McGregor thinks he’s the best of the best, Edgar’s got more than a reasonable case for his shot at the new champ, and if the UFC goes a different route he can sit back and say anything he wants about the Irishman. If McGregor wants to prove his own point, he’ll look to do so in the cage. It’s worth the effort on Edgar’s part to do whatever he can to push towards that matchup, even if it’s out of his hands on whether the fight itself gets booked.
[Frankie Edgar art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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