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Dana White: Frankie Edgar could slide into UFC 226 title fight if Brian Ortega or Max Holloway get injured

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Memo to Frankie Edgar: Stay in shape.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White recently took to the UFC Unfiltered podcast to reveal that should anything happen to either current Featherweight champion Max Holloway or Brian Ortega ahead of their championship bout at UFC 226 on July 7, 2018, “The Answer” could very well slide in and fill the void.

“If you look at Frankie Edgar right now, the guy’s ranked number three in the world,” White said via Bloody Elbow. “He’s still right in there, and you know how sh-t happens in this business, man.”

“Ortega’s next, but imagine if anything happens to those guys and Frankie stays in shape, he could absolutely dive in there for a title shot. You never know what’s gonna happen.”

Indeed, Edgar recently expressed his desire to get a shot at the winner of the 145-pound championship match. But if the MMA gods have any say, “The Answer” could step in sooner, rather than later.

And it’s not a bad thing for Dana to express his interest in having Edgar as potential standby ahead of time, as we’ve seen the promotion scramble at the last minute to find a suitable replacement as was the case with whole UFC 223 fiasco.

And while Frankie has no issue stepping in like he did when he got knocked out by the aforementioned Ortega at UFC 222 on a few weeks notice, knowing he could get the call ahead of time gives him a chance to train and be ready.

“He’s a f—ng stud,” White said of Edgar. “That’s what you do. When you’re a professional fighter and you believe you’re one of the best in the world, you fight anybody. And that’s what he did, he took the fight with Ortega,” he added. “It ain’t like the old days, man,” he added. “Back when Matt Serra and those guys were fighting,” declared White.

“It’s a different world now, and a lot of these guys just want to f—ng sit out and wait because they have the money to do it. And I respect the guys that step up like Frankie Edgar, and that’s why people love Frankie Edgar. He stepped up and took a fight when he didn’t have to and he did, and that’s why people love him.”

Edgar recently got back on the winning track by outscoring Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City, New Jersey (full recap here).

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