“I’m going to say no, he never fights there again. Every time it comes down to me, he finds a way to avoid me. Don’t get me wrong: he is the champ and that’s why I wanted him. I’d much rather fight the champion, beat him and take the belt so no one can have any questions about who the best is… My main goal is still to be the world champion. But I’m learning. I don’t want to be blind to everything on the business side. I’m making sure I see what’s going on. I’m conscious of what’s to come in the future, so I am trying to learn as I go while not losing sight of what my real goal is.”
-Frankie Edgar talks Conor McGregor and future planning in an interview with BleacherReport.com.
Penick’s Analysis: Depending on how McGregor puts the weight on for his fight next month with Nate Diaz, getting back down to featherweight may not wind up being a realistic option for him. Still, the fact that he hasn’t defended the title at all should make that a priority after the Diaz fight. If it’s not going to happen he needs to relinquish the belt and let the division move on without him, but it would be disappointing if Edgar beats Jose Aldo to not see him and McGregor against one another. As for Edgar thinking ahead, more fighters need to be following his lead on that end and thinking about life after fighting, because time in the sport is relatively short. The money’s also not what it is in other sports for most fighters, so they need to maximize their earnings while they have time.
[Frankie Edgar art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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