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Frankie Edgar says Conor McGregor should be forced to defend featherweight title

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The mixed martial arts (MMA) world has been at Conor McGregor's full disposal. From saying what he wants to fighting who he wants, the current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight king has essentially been his own promoter over the past year.

But considering McGregor will be leaving the 145-pound division behind for the second-straight time when he meets Nate Diaz at UFC 202 on Aug. 20 in a rematch from their first meeting this past March at UFC 194, the slew of readily available Featherweight contenders, including former UFC Lightweigght champion Frankie Edgar, have been hung out to dry.

"I think [McGregor] should have to defend it," said Edgar in a recent interview with International Business Times (h/t Daily Star). "He got to go do what he wanted to do and go up a weight class, or do whatever. It didn’t work out for him, and he should have to come back and defend it."

While Edgar makes a great point that many MMA pundits would second, it's hard to deny the monetary production of McGregor when he moves up in weight and challenges some of the biggest names in the sport.

"But he calls the shots a little bit more than other guys, and I can’t hate him for wanting to get revenge and all that stuff.," added Edgar. "But of course it’s at my expense, so I’m looking at it a different way."

Edgar will have the opportunity to earn the 145-pound interim title and lock down the right to fight McGregor next when he takes on Jose Aldo at UFC 200 on July 9.

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