Frankie Edgar believes Conor McGregor will play a crucial role when it comes to making their potential fight happen.
Edgar’s name surfaced as a possible opponent for ‘The Notorious’ when Straight Blast Gym coach, John Kavanagh, made remarks about McGregor’s impending comeback.
Speaking to The Mac Life in a recent interview, Kavanagh said he wants McGregor to take on Edgar later this year before going for another fight in 2020.
“I think him and Frankie Edgar would be a great fight,”
“I think it was in the works when Conor was kind of going on that featherweight tear. He’s an ex-champion, great fighter.”
“Yeah, if it was me, I would love to see the Frankie Edgar fight this year if possible. And then go on another run in 2020.”
Citing Edgar’s fighting style that is ‘difficult to deal with,’ the MMA coach assures this fight would be an absolute treat for the fans.
“World champion, beaten legends like B.J. Penn and so on. I just think that’s a great match for the fans and for me. I’d love to see it.”
Frankie Edgar says he has heard through “multiple channels” that Conor McGregor wants Edgar to be his UFC return fight https://t.co/OhbNxoOAQ8
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) October 9, 2019
Make The Call
Edgar has welcomed the idea of going up against the former UFC champ-champ, but he is not sure if the promotion would give its green light for this showdown.
“I told him I want to fight him,” he said at the Dominance MMA Media Day last Tuesday, per ESPN.
“I told the UFC I want to fight him. But honestly, I don’t think the UFC wants that fight.”
“I don’t know whether they don’t want it because they don’t want him to lose to me or they don’t think they can build it. I don’t know what it is.”
But given McGregor’s influence on the company, Edgar is counting on the Irishman to do his part if he really wants to pursue the fight.
“But ultimately, I think it’s up to him. I think if he forces it, it could happen. The ball is in his court.”
“He can make the call. Conor, if you want to do this, let’s do it, baby.”
John Kavanagh wants Conor McGregor vs. Frankie Edgar before 2019 ends https://t.co/xIW2rhtvVI
— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) September 24, 2019
Out Of The Bad Light
Continuing, the 37-year old veteran added that the fight could help ‘The Notorious’ make a good impression, following McGregor’s involvement in various controversies earlier this year.
“It’s a great fight. He’s coming off a couple losses, really. He needs a win. Listen, I felt like all the s— he’s [dealing with], throwing the phone, hitting [the] dude.”
“He’s gotten a lot of bad press. Come in and fight me, I’m not gonna talk no junk. Get a clean bill of health after me. Maybe it’ll bring up his morale in a sense.”
“Maybe that’s what he’s thinking, I don’t know. No matter what it’s gonna be a great fight. He’s f—in’ gonna sell it.”
“I’m not gonna let him talk too much s—. I’ve gotta say something back. We’ll get it going.”
McGregor last fought at UFC 229 in October of 2018, where he was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov in the fourth round while Edgar is coming off his third title fight loss last July.
Will they share the cage this December?
— BJ Penn (@bjpenndotcom) October 9, 2019
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