McGregor Calls Out Edgar, Edgar Responds
When Conor McGregor speaks, everybody listens. That is just how it is. Last week, Conor spoke to Ariel Helwani of ESPN in an interview. He broke his silence on his recent hiatus and run-ins with the law. Conor also touched on his injury status and when he planned on returning to the octagon. He threw out a multitude of opponents to return against but one particular opponent that stuck out was UFC veteran, Frankie Edgar.
McGregor Explains Mentioning Edgar
McGregor stated that the Edgar matchup makes sense because of the similar fight method to Khabib Nurmagomedov. He wanted to prove to the world that he could defeat an opponent of that fashion if Khabib doesn’t accept being his first fight back.
“Frankie Edgar is also up there because he has similarities to Khabib, he runs on the back foot and shoots on the single leg.”, said McGregor to Ariel.
Another determinant that made Conor list Frankie as a potential opponent was the volume of respect he has for Frankie. He was moved by Edgar’s sentiment of wanting to tell his family that he faced McGregor in the octagon.
“Frankie has been very respectful, he said he wanted to tell his grandkids he fought Conor McGregor one day.”, said Conor.
The message resonated with McGregor. It made him feel like if he’s not able to get a fight versus a top-five opponent, Edgar would be more than suitable.
Edgar Responds to the Call Out
Edgar took to Twitter to respond to McGregor’s remarks. He stated that the fight should of happened a long time ago.
You know I'm down to fight @thenotoriousmma it should have happened a long time ago. I know I'm going down to Bantam weight but for you any weight class will do. Anytime any weight class you know I'm game. pic.twitter.com/A04Eoav8rC
— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) August 26, 2019
Any Weightclass, Any Time
Not only did Frankie accept McGregor’s request, but he also declared that he would accept the matchup at virtually any weight class.
Recently Edgar’s camp spoke about moving down to the UFC’s bantamweight division. Edgar has spent the majority of his UFC career in the lightweight and featherweight divisions; two divisions in which McGregor held the title.
With Edgar willing to fight Conor at any weight class, does it increase his chances of getting the fight? Would fans like to see the matchup in Conor’s triumphant return? Let us know in the comment section below.