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Morning Report: Frankie Edgar explains why he’s fighting Yair Rodriguez instead of Ricardo Lamas at UFC 211

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Frankie Edgar weighs in for UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Recently, former UFC lightweight champion and current No. 2 featherweight in the world, Frankie Edgar, has exchanged social media messages with the third-ranked Ricardo Lamas about a fight with each other. It was a matchup that had some support among the fans, in part because it would have created a natural challenger for the winner of the Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway title unification bout taking place at UFC 212 in June. However, that fight is not to be. Last week, the UFC announced that Edgar would be taking on rising prospect and ninth-ranked featherweight Yair Rodriguez at UFC 211.

Edgar, who recently signed a new six-fight deal with the UFC, went on The Anik and Florian Podcast on Monday where he explained how the bout with Rodriguez came to be instead of the de facto title eliminator against Lamas.

“I don’t know. I wanted to fight May 13th. I know [Ricardo] Lamas reached out to me on Twitter a couple of times. I was cool with that fight but the UFC looked like they wanted to go in a different direction. They suggested Yair, and I’m pretty easy so I said, ‘Let’s do it. May 13th sounds pretty good to me.’”

Rodriguez is coming off demolishing UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn in January and has built a good amount of hype with his flashy, athletic style. He is viewed as one of the best young prospects in the game and many believe he has the potential to be a true star. And while Lamas is an established veteran and former title challenger, Edgar says that the hype behind Rodriguez makes this fight potentially even bigger.

“I don’t know [if it’s a bigger fight]. If it’s any indicator in the buzz I’m getting, I’m definitely getting a lot of buzz. This fight seems like a pretty big fight. People are interested in seeing Yair and testing him against someone like myself. So yeah, the buzz has been great with the media and my social network so maybe it is the bigger fight. To me it doesn’t matter. I’ve still got to show up on May 13th and get the job done.”

The bigger fight also comes with a downside; Edgar is risking a lot by taking a fight with Rodriguez. A win for Rodriguez builds his name even more but a win for Edgar doesn’t necessarily get him back to a title shot. Moreover, young prospects lose all the time but a loss for Edgar, still at the top of the division, may spell the end of his title aspirations. Edgar believes that the UFC is probably hoping for that, agreeing that this fight feels a bit like the UFC is setting him up to lose.

“A little bit. I’d be stupid not to see the picture they’re painting here a little bit. Yair’s kind of in a win-win situation I think. He beats me, that’s great for him, it’s good for the UFC to push a prospect. But if he loses, he wasn’t supposed to win, kind of situation. For me, a lot’s on the line.”

Edgar fights Rodriguez at UFC 211 on May 13th in Dallas, Texas.


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