Frankie Edgar needs all the help he can get.
The UFC featherweight contender is campaigning to get the next shot at Conor McGregor and just picked up an endorsement from UFC commentator Joe Rogan.
The running seems to be between Edgar and former champ Jose Aldo, but Rogan thinks the Brazilian has some work to do before booking a second run-in with McGregor.
"Frankie Edgar is a way easier sell," Rogan said Tuesday on his podcast. "Maybe if Aldo comes back and wins in spectacular fashion, like if he and Cub Swanson have a rematch. Because Swanson-Aldo went the same way Aldo and McGregor went. Aldo hits him with a flying knee two seconds into the fight cracks him. Aldo has to win again. You could sell [Aldo-McGregor II], but you wouldn't sell it for as much as if Aldo won.
"When Manny Pacquiao got knocked dead the Floyd Mayweather fight was off. But then he beats Chris Algieri, looks like a f**king demon again and you go, 'OK, we can see it again' and they sold the fight. But if they tried to go right from the Juan Manuel Marquez knockout right into the Floyd Mayweather fight? They would have lost a s**tload of money. A fighter has to win."
McGregor would most likely be the odds-on favorite, but Rogan likes Edgar's chances in a five-round title bout.
"Frankie Edgar is a 48-hour storm," said Rogan. "You better have everything strapped down. He's not going to get tired and he's going to keep coming at you. He can wrestle his ass off. His footwork is sensational. I think Conor can knock out anybody, but you know what? So can Cub Swanson and he didn't connect on Frankie. Frankie just wolverine'd him.
"Look at the Chad Mendes fight. Conor had a knee injury coming into it but Chad took him down at will. When Frankie gets you tired... What he did to Cub Swanson was incredible. Frankie's not a huge draw but it's a big fight."
If Aldo misses out on McGregor, Rogan wouldn't mind seeing the former champ fight a rising contender like No. 4 Max Holloway.
"If Aldo fights Max Holloway, how about that?" asked Rogan. "That's a f**king fight. If he looks like the Aldo of old or he gets his ass whooped, one of those guys emerges. Then you've got the possibility of Max having a rematch with Conor. He's the only guy to take Conor to a decision."
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