Former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar (21-4-1) has won 4 straight fights at featherweight, 5 overall and 3 coming by a form of stoppage. Frankie wants to be the answer to what is the riddle of current Undisputed UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor. However it looks like he’ll have to wait longer for his chance at destiny.
“I thought they wanted me to go in the cage,” Edgar said during an appearance on The MMA Hour on Monday. “And then as I’m about to walk in Dana [White] was walking out, he said, ‘you’re not going in there, Conor’s going up, blah blah blah, we might give Aldo a rematch, we don’t know.’ I just kind of…I’ve never been, I mean granted Conor put himself in a position to be in charge, but I’ve never been there. Usually I do what they ask me.”
Frankie isn’t too happy.
“For sure, I’m pissed,” he told Ariel Helwani. “I’ve been at it for a while now, I’ve been knocking on the door for this title shot for a while. It started with Cub [Swanson]. If Cub beat me he was promised a title shot. I beat him, I finished him in pretty dominating fashion and no, I’m not even considered for that title shot. I take it in stride. I do everything in stride, I really do think I’m a company man, but it’s not really panning out for me being that way.”
Asked if he was losing patience with being told one thing only to watch something else happen, he said he’s long past that.
“I’m there — I’m there already,” he said. “I’m not one to sit there and cry about it. People, my whole career say, ‘you’re too quiet, you need to say stuff,’ and the minute you say something it’s, ‘you’re f*cking crying.’ I mean come on, you just can’t win with these people. And you really can’t pay attention to them. The people I need to talk to are Dana and Lorenzo, and they seem like they’re not listening either.”
Edgar said the last time he spoke to Dana and Lorenzo was the night McGregor beat Aldo, on Dec. 12. These weeks later he says he doesn’t know anything more than he did then. And if McGregor does indeed decide to go up to compete at 155 pounds, Edgar said there’s not a lot he can do about it.
“What am I going to do, scream and shout?” he said. “What can I do? Dana and Lorenzo, they know what I want man. People are like, ‘you need to call them.’ They f*cking know what I want. What, am I going to bother them? For what? For them to say no? So they can promise me something one day and say no the next? Come on.”
When it comes down to it, Edgar said he’s not overly optimistic that the next time Conor McGregor fights, that it’ll be him standing opposite the Irishman.
“Realistically, I’m setting myself up for that already,” he said. “I’m setting myself up for hope for the best, expect the worst. I’m expecting the worst.”