The UFC lightweight champion passed along “love and respect,” but a little shade, too, in a tweet following Edgar’s TKO loss to Brian Ortega in the co-main event of UFC 222 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
McGregor had tweeted previously that he offered to step in against Edgar when Max Holloway pulled out of the scheduled featherweight title fight due to an injury last month. McGregor is the former featherweight champion and never lost the bely inside the Octagon.
“Frankie’s career deserved for that to be against me tonight,” McGregor tweeted.
Frankie's career deserved for that to be against me tonight.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 4, 2018
Love and respect always!
A true fighters fighter ❤
Edgar said earlier this week that he was not aware that McGregor wanted to fight him at UFC 222. Edgar’s team said that McGregor wanted the fight to be contested at 165 pounds, rather than the 145-pound featherweight limit.
McGregor, the biggest drawing star in MMA history, has not fought in the UFC since beating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016 to win the lightweight title and become the first person to hold two belts in two different weight classes at the same time in UFC history.
Edgar is a former UFC lightweight champion, perennially undersized and a likely future UFC Hall of Famer.
“Respect Frankie,” McGregor wrote. “Love and respect always!”
Holloway had his own take on Edgar and his loss to Ortega: