Frankie Edgar was "promised" first dibs against newly-crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Conor McGregor after knocking out Chad Mendes in the very first round at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 22 Finale (see it again here).
But when McGregor announced his desire to move up to lightweight to challenge Rafael dos Anjos for the 155-pound strap, Frankie's title hopes started to fade away.
Since no official word from either Conor of UFC matchmakers was given as to what exactly is next for the fiery Irishman, Edgar finds himself in limbo. And as much as he has tried to be the company man, Edgar says it's really not panning out for him, as promises made to him haven't exactly been fulfilled.
"The Answer" vented his frustrations about his current situation on a recent edition of The MMA Hour:
"I don't know, man. I'm like in limbo here. I was promised that I get whatever I want one night, and then the next night I guess Conor gets whatever he wants. For sure I'm pissed. I've been at this for a while now. I've been knocking on the door for this title shot for a while. It started with Cub, if he beat me he was promised a title shot. I finishing him in pretty dominant fashion and I'm not even considered for that title shot. I take it in stride, I do everything in stride. I do think I'm a company man, but, it's not really panning out for me being that way. I'm there already (losing patience). But, I'm not one to sit there and cry about it. My whole career I've been told I'm too quiet. Then I say something, and 'Oh, you're fucking crying.' Come on, you just can't win with these people. That's why you don't listen to them. The only people I need to be talking to are Lorenzo and Dana, but it seems like they're not listening either."
Furthermore, Frankie says Conor should have to defend the belt at least once before he even thinks bout going for another division title. If not, then he should be forced to vacate the 145-pound belt if he's seeking another.
As far as waiting for a potential clash with "Notorious" at UFC 200 in July, Edgar says there are too many variables working against that option. Chief among them is sitting out for six months only to have the title shot taken away again.
After all, that means he will go half a year without collect a fight purse. And when you have a family to take care of, you can't hardly blame 'The Answer" for losing patience.
Still, Edgar says he's already setting himself up for disappointment, as he feels that at the end of the day, neither Conor, Fertitta, or White want that fight to happen, as he firmly believes the trio knows he can be the one to derail the money-making train.