Conor McGregor could lock up a title fight with featherweight champ Jose Aldo tonight at UFC Fight Night 59, but according to Gilbert Melendez, there’s no way that should happen.
McGregor will battle Dennis Siver in tonight’s main event, and UFC President Dana White has already said that the Irish star will secure a title shot, if he wins. Well, Melendez was recently asked to weigh-in on the situation while talking to FOX Sports.com, and the lightweight contender had this to say:
“He’s absolutely not the No. 1 contender in my opinion,” Melendez said. “The most deserving guy will be the guy sitting right next to me, Frankie Edgar. He just demolished B.J. Penn and I was looking forward to his fight with Cub Swanson, hoping to see a very competitive fight and he smashed him as well. Some people thought he beat Jose Aldo, it was a toss-up. I gave it to Aldo, but it’s a toss up.
“In my opinion, Frankie Edgar is the most deserving.”
Melendez isn’t the only persons who’s expressed this view, and many others have also argued that McGregor needs to face a top tier wrestler, before challenging for the title.
Edgar, meanwhile, has won three in a row since he was decisioned by Aldo and is ranked #2 in the 145 division.
Siver has the opportunity to make all of this talk irrelevant, however, if he can score an upset win over McGregor. According to the betting lines the chances of that happening aren’t great, as Siver is an underdog in the +600 to +900 range.
UFC FN 59 will be hosted by the TD Garden Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. In the co-headliner, Donald Cerrone will take on fellow lightweight contender, Benson Henderson.