Frankie Edgar was neutral when asked who he thought would emerge victorious from the Featherweight championship unification fight between division kingpin Jose Aldo and interim titleholder, Max Holloway, which went down at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last weekend (Sat., June 3, 2017).
But, after “Blessed” knocked out Aldo in the third round to become the undisputed 145-pound roost ruler (see it), Edgar admits it was the best case scenario for which he was hoping because it improved the odds of him getting another crack at the crown.
“The cards fell in my favor, so here we go, let’s set up Holloway vs. Edgar,” Edgar said on a recent appearance on “The MMA Hour.”
Indeed, it would’ve been a very tough sell for UFC to stage a trilogy title fight between Aldo and Edgar, seeing as how the Brazilian bomber has already defeated “The Answer” twice, most recently edging him out at UFC 200 last July. With Holloway now the new division king, Edgar says it’s a fresh challenge for all parties involved; however, he revealed that he has not been in contact with any UFC matchmaker to determine who gets “Blessed” next.
“Not officially, you see everything is trending that way it seems like, but nothing official,” Edgar said. “There’s no one that makes more sense than me and no one that’s done what they’ve done like what I’ve done to get it.”
Of course, many would disagree, as Cub Swanson -- who is currently the No. 4-ranked fighter in the division -- has won four straight, making a solid case for his first-ever UFC title fight. According to Edgar, though, Swanson’s wins all came against fighters outside of the Top 10, while he’s been battling the best of the best.
“I just don’t see how he’s in consideration,” Edgar said. “Since me and Cub fought, I’ve fought nothing but Top 10, Top 5 guys and I don’t think he’s fought anybody in the Top 10 ... and he’s also lost to Max. So I don’t see how that’s even a thing to even compare to. Cub’s a great fighter, but this is how it goes and you have to put yourself on the line every time ... and I do that.”
Furthermore, Edgar says the fact that Swanson’s last two losses have come against himself and Holloway, in 2014 and 2015, respectively, doesn’t help his chances.