It seems like former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar is quickly becoming the biggest Cris Cyborg fan of all. Not only did Edgar recently defend Cyborg’s sucker punch of Angela Magana (seen here) last month at UFC’s athlete retreat, but the 35-year-old veteran is now calling out current UFC women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie for refusing to fight the Brazilian.
“It’s fear. USADA is in place now,” Edgar said during a recent media scrum (shown above courtesy of MMA Fighting). “For me, I would fight whether they’re doing steroids or not. I’m a fighter and that’s why I signed up to do this sport. I guess she had different plans though.”
While a fighter has the right to decide whether they want to fight someone or not, Edgar has a point. Cyborg has been thoroughly tested by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in recent memory and is ready to go. While de Randamie has fought the majority of her UFC career as a bantamweight, she is the 145-pound champion and should defend her belt her next time out.
“That’s crazy to me. She just doesn’t want to fight Cyborg,” Edgar proclaimed. “That’s what it comes down to. At ‘35, she’s not getting easy fights there either. If I was her, I would at least fight in one more title fight. You never know, you may not get a chance to do that again.”
Only time will tell if UFC pushes GDR to fight Cyborg later this year or strip her of the title she just won after defeating Holly Holm at UFC 208. Either way, Cyborg will be on full display at UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim.