Frankie Edgar believes that Conor McGregor is highly unlikely to return to the featherweight division.
McGregor, who is the reigning featherweight champion, recently learned that he will face Nate Diaz in a welterweight rematch at UFC 200 on July 9.
Edgar has admitted he confused as to why the Irishman is fighting in higher weight divisions after he suffered his first loss to Diaz at UFC 196 on March 5. The 27-year-old has also questioned why the Irishman is being allowed to fight in the welterweight division if he has yet to defend his featherweight title.
“I don’t know. I don’t think so,” Edgar told FOX Sports of McGregor’s return to the featherweight division. “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.”
Edgar, who is on a five-fight winning streak, has been waiting to step in the Octagon with McGregor for some time, and was hoping to get the opportunity at UFC 200. However, once again, his calls to take on the Irishman fell on deaf ears.
“He didn’t respond to anything,” he said of McGregor. “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.”
However, all is not lost for the 34-year-old as he will face former featherweight champion Jose Aldo for the interim featherweight title at UFC 200.
— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) March 31, 2016
For now, Edgar will shift his attention to Aldo and should he beat the Brazilian, he knows that there will be nothing standing in his way of getting his hands on McGregor.
“Well, Dana (White) called me yesterday actually,” he said. “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.
“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. 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.”