Following Frankie Edgar’s win over Urijah Faber he was quick to say the victory should land him a title shot, and the featherweight’s certainly not backing off that position.
Edgar worked his way to a pretty clear cut, UD win over Faber at UFC FN 66, and in doing so, extended his winning streak to four. Since Edgar was decisioned by champion Jose Aldo in 2013, Edgar has defeated Charles Oliveira, BJ Penn, Cub Swanson and now Faber (and has been ridiculously impressive while doing so).
Since the only man in front of him in the rankings is Chad Mendes, who has been defeated by Aldo twice, one would think Edgar’s in pole position for a title shot. Well, recently the former lightweight champ appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and here’s what he had to say on the subject (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Listen, when me and Cub (Swanson) were fighting, Cub was pretty much promised the next title shot if he beat me. So, you know, what does that mean? He’s promised the next title shot, so if I beat him, I should get it, right? … Then after I fought and beat Cub, he pretty much kind of told me that, most likely, if McGregor wins he’s going to get the title shot. He didn’t say it exactly, but in not so many words, he told me, ‘but you never know, maybe (Dennis) Siver could beat him.’ So if Siver beat him, that implied I was going to get the title shot. So I felt like he knew I got stepped over a little bit with McGregor, and here I am, I just blanked out Urijah — he owes me a title shot.”
It’s kind of hard to imagine a scenario where Edgar doesn’t get tapped for a title shot next. Barring an injury of course, or a situation where the UFC elects to do an automatic rematch between Aldo and Conor McGregor. Whether it’s Aldo-Edgar II or McGregor-Edgar, it has the makings of a compelling bout.
The only other guy in the mix right now would probably be Max Holloway, but he has a loss to McGregor and is ranked #5.
Aldo-McGregor will headline UFC 189, which will go down on July 11th.