Last week former two-division world champion from Ireland Conor McGregor gave an interview to Ariel Helwani of ESPN, where he talked about his possible return to the Octagon.
He revealed the names of numerous fighter who he said he wanted to fight and one such fighter was the former lightweight champion and multiple times featherweight title challenger Frankie Edgar. However, Edgar’s coach Mark Henry has said that the Irishmen has already avoided fighting Edgar on numerous occasions.
“He didn’t want to fight Frankie before and he had opportunities to,” Henry said on MMA Fighting.com’s Eurobash podcast.
“It’s like he didn’t want to fight him, he had a couple of chances. [When Jose Aldo was forced out of UFC 189] he knew Mendes wasn’t in a camp, that he was filming a hunting show and he hadn’t trained in a long time. He knows that Frankie trains all year round and it would’ve been perfect timing. Mendes had just lost the fight before to Aldo.
That week, Frankie was ranked ahead of Chad too and they switched it fast after Chad got the fight…Frankie was ranked ahead of him, he had more wins than him. Chad had just lost within two fights prior to the title fight.”
“When he had the opportunity to fight Frankie again he turned it down,” he continued. “When Chad and Frankie fought each other, [McGregor] said that Frankie would lose and if Frankie does beat [Mendes], [McGregor] would fight him, which then happened too, and then he didn’t fight Frankie again after that.
“There have been a lot of excuses, but all in all, he’s bashed other people and he’s seems to have been pretty respectful to Frankie. And Frankie’s been pretty respectful to him like he has been to everybody.” (H/T – BloodyElbow.com)
Frankie Edgar is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Max Holloway at UFC 240 which took place in Edmonton, Canada last month.