“I was obviously disappointed because I wanted to fight Conor [McGregor] for the real title, but if this isn’t a consolation prize I don’t know what is. I get redemption against Aldo and a guarantee for the title shot I want. After I beat him there will be no ‘ifs’ or ‘let’s see what’s next.’ This is going to cement the next fight being for the title I want… I get why the UFC is doing it because it gives the card a little more clout. But I think it actually kind of takes away some of the legitimacy of the real title, to be honest. I’ve been a champion and want to be a champion again. If this is what I have to do to accomplish that then so be it.”
-Frankie Edgar talks to Duane Finley at FloCombat.com about his UFC 200 matchup with Jose Aldo for the Interim UFC Featherweight Title.
Penick’s Analysis: Edgar needs this fight almost as much as the McGregor bout, so while it’s disappointing he doesn’t get his shot at the legitimate Featherweight Champion right now this was certainly an acceptable alternative. A win here means more than any other fight he’s had to date in the featherweight division, and leaves the UFC almost no other alternative than to book Edgar-McGregor afterward. It’s not an easy task despite Aldo’s loss to McGregor, but if he pulls it off Edgar’s in the best spot he’s been in since he was Lightweight Champ.
[Frankie Edgar art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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