“I kind of had an idea it was going to happen before it was announced. I think Conor played the smart move, he played the business move. You can’t blame him for that, it just sucks that it’s at my expense and now I’m in limbo since I was supposed to get that next title shot. If he stuck around and lost to me, he has no option to go up to 155. I think now he goes up, win or lose, he’s still got the belt and he can come back down to 145. He played the safe play which is smart by him… I know I’m in line for it. I assume [Jose] Aldo is being considered, but I went out there and made my case. I think that is the biggest fight, I think that’s the fight most people are interested in seeing and I’m hoping the UFC does the right thing and books me and Conor for UFC 200… I’d love to [fight him for both belts]. We can do it back-to-back and that will be UFC 204 or whatever, that would be the next biggest fight. I’m game. If they let me get my hands on him once, I’ll definitely re-do it.”
-Frankie Edgar talks to FoxSports.com about Conor McGregor fighting for the Lightweight Title at UFC 197, and the potential to then face him twice for both of his belts later in the year.
Penick’s Analysis: If it’s good for one, it’s good for another, right? Unfortunately for Edgar, that’s unlikely to happen, as there will be a legitimate challenger at lightweight by the time he gets to face McGregor the first time around. It would be interesting to see, no doubt, especially to see if there are any differences between two close proximity bouts between two fighters at two different weight classes, but it’s just unlikely to happen. If McGregor does indeed wins the Lightweight Title, then loses the Featherweight Title to Edgar, the rematch would be for Edgar’s belt, while McGregor would fight someone else at lightweight to defend that title. That’s just how it would go.
[Frankie Edgar art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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