UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor is once again lined up with Nate Diaz, again at welterweight, in the UFC 200 main event. The repercussions of this move by ‘The Notorious’ and the UFC mean that the 145-pound title has been placed on the back burner. With McGregor locked in a rivalry that has the wheels to go in to a trilogy if he wins the rematch, the top of the featherweight class is a talent stacked dragon currently missing it’s head.

For that reason we learned that former champion Jose Aldo and ex-lightweight boss Frankie Edgar would tie them up, also at UFC 200, for the interim belt at featherweight. Dana White then dropped the bombshell news that their rematch would not even make the co-main event slot. {watch this space for GSP news}. With Edgar having been at the top of the line of contenders for some time now and being thrown under the bus by the promotion on numerous occasions, it’s no surprise ‘The Answer’ is coming across as quite bitter in recent interviews.

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Edgar’s coach Mark Henry is the first interview we’ll look at today, as he recently told Balls.ie, yes that’s actually a site, that McGregor is little more than a spoilt 5 year old:

“It’s like a parent, you know, some are more lenient than others. It’s like a 5-year-old kid who wants to keep going on the ride at the park. Some parents let them keep going for another ride, and some say ‘Listen son, it’s time to go home’.

But you know Conor, he keeps whining and crying and he gets his way, no matter how bizarre things may seem. It’s ridiculous. I’m not upset with the UFC, it’s a great organisation, they’ve always treated Frankie well, but I wish they’d do it a little different.”

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“I’m not one to really look on Instagram or whatnot, but I looked on the comments on the picture Dana White posted of Conor, and you can see there about 80-90% of the people are upset. I think it’s the most I’ve ever seen people upset about one of the decisions the UFC made, because it’s just so blatant.

My question is, my biggest question is, why are you so afraid? Why do you have to clutch onto this 45 pound belt to grim death? Like if you’re as great as you say you are, go fight Nate, go fight Dos Anjos, when you want to come back down I’m sure the UFC will let you snap your fingers and fight for the title, so why do you need to hold this title so bad?”

It’s certainly been frustrating for many mixed martial arts fans to learn that McGregor will remain at 170 pounds for now, but no one is more upset than Frankie Edgar. After defeating the top competition in dominant fashion in the featherweight division, he’s just about had enough of the Conor McGregor show…

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Speaking with FOX Sports this week, ex-UFC lightweight champion and top featherweight contender Frankie Edgar discussed the situation with Conor McGregor, Jose Aldo, Dana White and then some.

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“(Conor McGregor) didn’t respond to anything. He’s so quick with his tongue and he didn’t respond to anything I was putting out there talking about the fight so I did feel that he was going to stay up and try to get that rematch with Nate.” 

On the fight with Aldo:

“Well, Dana (White) called me yesterday actually. I heard speculation that’s what they might want, but nothing concrete and then Dana called me yesterday and asked me. My reaction, I said yes. What the (expletive) am I going to do?”

“Let’s just call it the No. 1 contender belt cause that’s what it really is,” Edgar said. “But I’ll play the game. They did it for Conor, they gave him a belt and if I’ve got to play the whole Conor game to make sure I get this fight, I’m OK with it.”

On McGregor vs Diaz 2:

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“I think it might a little bit longer because Conor will reserve a little bit more, but ultimately I think it’s going to end the same way, or similar fashion at least,”

On whether Conor McGregor comes back to featherweight:

“I don’t know. I don’t think so,” Edgar said about McGregor returning to featherweight. “I don’t know if a win will make him come back, maybe a loss he’d have to come back. Two losses in a row that’s supposedly up two weight classes — it’s 155-pounders not wanting to cut weight is what it really is. He’ll lose a lot of that value I think.

“The more losses you tack on — you’re going to have a champion come back after a two-loss stint up a weight class? It just doesn’t all add up to me.”

“The title is definitely what I want. If he never comes back down, I end up becoming champion, I’m a two weight class champion — something he’s trying to do,” Edgar said about McGregor. “Maybe I’ll just have to chase him up to 170 to make that fight, to make that payday. Especially if I have the belt he never defended, why not?

“We can defend it at 155 or 170 if it makes him feel better, but honestly the focus needs to be on Aldo so I’m not too worried about Conor right now.”

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