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Frankie Edgar believes he's the 'worst match-up' for Conor McGregor

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

LAS VEGAS – Just 24 hours after defeating Chad Mendes and being promised the next crack at the featherweight title, Frankie Edgar is back to wondering where he stands.

After Conor McGregor's 13-second knockout of longtime featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 194 Saturday night, Edgar spoke to the UFC brass and got some potentially sobering news. That news was that McGregor — who is now the undisputed 145-pound champion — may be on his way to lightweight.

Edgar wasn't in the best of spirits before the post-fight presser began.

"I mean, last night I was told I was getting the winner," he said. "Now I'm hearing a rumor Conor might go up, and then I heard in an interview that he might want to stick around and fight me, so I'm game."

Asked if he was worried that the UFC was going to renege on its promise to give him the next crack, Edgar said he was.

"Of course, of course — you've seen it happen before and now I think I've seen it slip out of my hands, and I've seen it slip out of others hands before too," he said. "I've got to be ready for that, but I'm hoping for the best."

The UFC's Vice President of Public Relations Dave Sholler, who was standing in for Dana White at the press conference, reiterated what Edgar had been told. He said that there were two scenarios.

"Yeah, [White] laid out some scenarios," Sholler said. "One scenario is he stays at 145 and fights Frankie Edgar. The second scenario is potentially vacating that title and then moving up and getting the next shot following the FOX card next weekend between [Donald] Cerrone and [Rafael] dos Anjos.

"Those are the two scenarios. You know Dana doesn't like to make fights on the night of the fight, but that's how he laid it out for several TV partners backstage."

McGregor, who appeared at the podium for a separate press conference after the primary one, said he had no intention of vacating his featherweight title if he moved up in weight. He said he wants to hold two belts.

"I'll tell you one thing that ain't happening," he said. "If I leave the featherweight division, there's no way in hell I'm vacating that belt. That's not happening. There'll be a belt on one shoulder, and a belt on the other shoulder."

When Edgar was asked if the brevity of the fight might help his cause to get the next shot, rather than the UFC looking at an immediate rematch with Aldo, he said it could go any number of ways.

"Yeah, I mean, I guess, but then again it could be that we didn't get to see much and we want to see it again," he said. "Again, it's up to Conor. It's up to Dana. We'll see. I think if he's thinking about going to 155, which is another rumor, he's got one more fight left, and that's me. I think I'm his worst match-up. I know it, and I think a lot of people know it. And I think he's got to fight that fight before he makes that move."