In fact, "The Answer" is just the type of stiff test who would be an ideal challenge for outspoken Conor McGregor, who is undefeated (2-0) inside the Octagon and isn't shy when it comes to letting fans, as well as his contemporaries, know that he is eager to climb the Featherweight title contender ladder as soon as possible.
"Notorious" hit a recent roadblock to the top after his unanimous decision win over Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night 26 last month (Aug. 17, 2013), sustaining a serious knee injury (details here) that required surgery to repair. While the setback certainly slowed his progress inside the Octagon, it certainly didn't impede his lip service.
However, on a recent "UFC Tonight" appearance on FOX Sports 1, McGregor dialed back trash talk when asked about a future fight against Edgar, who is now considered among the elite 145-pound competitors.
"I would love that contest, of course, a former Lightweight champion. Top five featherweight. It would be a contest that I would be confident in going in. I feel I could answer Frankie's question, you know? Personally, I have so much respect for the guy, he's a warrior, he fights with his heart; I believe he is a natural 135'r. It would be a great contest for me. Of course I would love it."
Perhaps the Bantamweight mention was a bit of a dig, but it's interesting to hear McGregor's tone shift when presented with what he feels is a solid step up in competition.
Despite his desire and bravado, UFC has done a pretty decent job of grooming McGregor into a star. He's got clear talent, amazing promotional abilities and the kind of fighter who fans can rally behind. McGregor just needs a signature win that will propel him into top contender conversations.
It just won't be against Edgar, not anytime soon, anyway.
Edgar shared his thoughts on McGregor on the same aforementioned broadcast:
"Conor McGregor is an up-and-comer and maybe in a couple more we can meet down the road. I wish him well in his recovery, he's got a ways to go before we meet, he's got a lot of potential and he's a guy I can see myself in the cage with in the future."
With a coaching gig on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 opposite B.J. Penn on the horizon (more details here), as well as a trilogy match against "The Prodigy" in early 2014, it's no surprise that McGregor isn't really on Edgar's radar at the moment.
That could all change, however, by the time Edgar is done with Penn and McGregor is finished with rehabilitation ... especially if McGregor keeps yapping.