Frankie Edgar isn't waiting around.
The former UFC lightweight champion missed out on stepping in to face Conor McGregor at UFC 189, but he's not letting another opportunity slip by.
"I'm hoping to fight around that time, anyway," Edgar told Severe MMA's Andrew McGahon in Bahrain. "Then I don't have to worry about it. I'll be in camp anyway if something comes up. I really do think [Aldo and McGregor] are going to fight this time around, but you never know. I was ready to jump in on 15 days notice. No matter what I'll be ready to go again."
McGregor scored a second round TKO finish over fellow contender Chad Mendes at UFC 189 in July after Aldo was forced to withdraw due to an injured rib. With Edgar and Mendes sitting at No. 2 and No. 3 in the division's rankings, the pair seem like a natural booking.
"I think I should be the guy, no matter what," said Edgar. "I do want to fight again. I don't want to wait until [Aldo and McGregor] fight and then how many months after that. I've got to take care of business but I believe I am the No. 1 contender."
Edgar hasn't lost a fight since his 2013 featherweight debut. The former champ challenged Aldo at UFC 156 in the 'Fight of the Night,' but came up short on the scorecards.
"I feel like I'm competitive [at 145 pounds] and I feel like I'm right there," said Edgar. "I'm one fight away. I think I could probably not fight and still get the title shot. I think I've earned that. Why would I knock on the door and not wait for someone to answer and leave? I don't think I'll ever rule out 135 in the future. Who knows? Right now, 145 is my goal."
As for picking a winner between Aldo and McGregor, Edgar is sticking to his guns.
"When I was asked this before the first fight was supposed to happen I said there were some unknowns about McGregor," said Edgar. "I went with Aldo. I thought Aldo would win and I'm still going to give him the nod but I think it's going to be more competitive than I expected."
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Emmery Myers.
Two significant new developments have arisen regarding the Fedor Emelianenko sweepstakes ;
First, buried behind the story that Fedor would be joining Kazushi Sakuraba and Frank Shamrock at a Bellator fan event, was the revelation that Bellator is not currently in negotiations with Emelianenko and that his "price tag doesn't make sense as a pure television product". For more coverage of why Bellator and Fedor do not make sense financially, click here.
The second tidbit comes from the only currently unsigned opponent which makes sense for Fedor.
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