When Frankie Edgar fights Jose Aldo for the interim UFC Featherweight Championship at the upcoming landmark UFC 200 event, many are of the impression that what they could be fighting for is actually the real featherweight title.
With the belief that McGregor might never move back down to 145 pounds, as he’s scheduled to fight in his second 170-pound bout in a row in August, after moving up to the weight class initially in March, without ever defending the title he won in 13 seconds from the former ten-year champion.
During his appearance on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” at MMAFighting.com on Monday, Edgar spoke about his belief that McGregor may never return to the featherweight division.
“At 145 he has everything to lose. At 170, he has nothing to lose. I mean, even though Nate is a 155-pound guy, and he decided not to cut weight so they could go around and market the fact that he’s going up two weight classes; which is ridiculous because he is fighting Nate Diaz who is a 55 pounder. If he loses at 70, well then, ‘Oh, he was too big, he’s fighting guys bigger than him.'”
“The Answer” elaborated, explaining more why he feels McGregor may never return to the weight division he is currently the reigning champion of.
“At 145, he loses then he has nothing. He loses his title, then what? He has a really hard time making that weight anyway, and if he goes to 55, he is not going to be in the title talks for a while, Conor is a smart guy. The way he promotes himself, the fights he gets, he’s a very smart guy, good coaches around him and they are making the right decisions for his career.”
UFC 200 is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 9, 2016 from the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.