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UFC 211: Not-stupid Frankie Edgar won’t be stepping stone for Yair Rodriguez

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight titleholder Frankie Edgar will throw hands (and probably some feet) against top prospect Yair Rodriguez at the upcoming UFC 211 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Sat., May 13, 2017 inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Sorry about that Mr. Lamas.

While the featherweight showdown is getting “The Answer” lots of buzz, according to his conversation with the Anik and Florian Podcast, it also casts him in the role of stepping stone for the young upstart.

Transcribed by MMA Fighting:

“I’d be stupid not to see the picture they’re painting here a little bit. Yair’s kind of in a win-win situation I think. He beats me, that’s great for him, it’s good for the UFC to push a prospect. But if he loses, he wasn’t supposed to win, kind of situation. For me, a lot’s on the line.”

Didn’t work for this guy.

Edgar (21-5-1), fresh off his unanimous decision win over Jeremy Stephens at UFC 205, is 6-1 dating back to late 2013 and has only lost to division titleholder Jose Aldo since abandoning his post at 155 pounds.

His “Pantera” scrap is definitely a good fight ... but is it good matchmaking?

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