Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight kingpin Frankie Edgar has experienced a handful of bad decisions against him over the last few years, but the judges in Manila, Philippines, this past Saturday (May 16, 2015) had no opportunity to rob "The Answer" following his dominant 25 minute win over former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) titleholder Urijah Faber in the main event of UFC Fight Night 66.
Edgar put on a show for those in attendance at Mall of Asia Arena and watching live on FOX Sports 1, as he beat Faber to the punch in every instance, earning 50-45 scores in a clean sweep over "The California Kid."
Catch the highlights of their super fight here.
With his fourth straight victory in the featherweight division, Edgar called for a title shot during his post fight interview.
"I wanted to go out and make a statement," Edgar told Jon Anik. "I want that title! Dana's not here again... don't know if he's ducking me."
While most mixed martial arts (MMA) fans -- and even UFC President Dana White -- would agree Edgar deserves another shot at UFC gold, there is a strong possibility the former 155-pound champ will either have to wait on the sidelines for quite some time, or fight another top contender before catching a sniff of another title shot.
With Jose Aldo defending his title against Conor McGregor at UFC 189 this July, "The Answer" better be rooting for the Brazilian to defend his title against the Irishman. If "The Notorious" one upsets the champion, there is almost no way UFC won't give Aldo an automatic rematch.
Considering Aldo is the only featherweight champ in UFC history -- defending his title seven times inside the Octagon -- he absolutely deserves a rematch against whoever ultimately dethrones him.
Depending on the finish.
If the featherweight king takes out McGregor, expect Edgar to get his long-awaited rematch against the Brazilian. If "The Notorious" earns the title this July, Edgar will have to fight once more against a top contender, and in my estimation, the best option would be facing off against Faber's teammate, Chad Mendes.
Both Mendes and Edgar are among the best fighters in the world without a title, and both have lost to Aldo -- with Mendes losing twice.
On top of that, "Money" will unquestionably want to avenge Faber by taking out Edgar, so the storyline is already laid out for UFC matchmakers to sell the fight as a pay-per-view (PPV) or major FOX main event.
Once again, Edgar's career prospects hinge on Conor McGregor. When the loud-mouthed Irishman defeated Dennis Siver and earned a title shot this past January, it forced the No. 2-ranked featherweight to face off against Faber.
Now -- even after handily taking out "The California Kid" -- Edgar's future still hangs in the balance as a result of McGregor.
One thing is for sure: Frankie Edgar will be a huge Jose Aldo fan come July 11, 2015.
For complete results from UFC Fight Night 66: "Edgar vs. Faber," including play-by-play updates, click here.