When news broke last week (Thurs., Jan. 7, 2016) that featherweight champion Conor McGregor would be moving up to 155 pounds to take on champion Rafael dos Anjos for the title opposite Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate on the blockbuster UFC 197 card from Las Vegas (although it is now postponed), perennial featherweight contender Frankie Edgar was dealt the unfortunate situation he feared most.
On an impressive five-fight win streak capped off by his recent knockout of three-time title contender Chad Mendes at last December 11, 2015’s TUF 22 Finale, former lightweight champion Edgar was reportedly told by Dana White that he could no longer be denied, but those plans changed rather quickly (as they often do) when McGregor shockingly knocked out former longtime featherweight champ Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at December 12’s UFC 194.
It may not be officially confirmed by the promotion, but once it is, Edgar will be left out in the cold yet another time and forced to wait with baited breath for a potential shot at McGregor if and when he moves back to featherweight to defend his belt at UFC 200. Not surprisingly, ‘The Answer’ is deserving of his shot and understandably angry at what has transpired.
It’s most likely not fair, and the fight game can be a vicious industry at times. But the UFC obviously has their reasons for passing him over once again. Let’s examine just what they might be.