Frankie Edgar could very well be on track to receive another title shot after his win over contender Cub Swanson at UFC Atlantic City. Frankie Edgar was supposed to fight the UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway at UFC 222 before Max pulled out with an injury, leaving Frankie to fight Brian Ortega for thee Interim Featherweight Title. The fight was ended via a massive uppercut by Brian Ortega which saw Frankie being finished for the first time in his MMA career. After the knockout loss and the quick comeback win over Cub Swanson, Frankie Edgar believes he is the number 3 ranked featherweight in the world after the champion Max Holloway and the challenger Brian Ortega.
Dana White agrees with Frankie.
“If you look at Frankie Edgar right now, the guy’s ranked number three in the world,” White said during the recent episode of the UFC Unfiltered podcast. “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.”
Dana White’s respect for Edgar
Dana White has a lot of respect for Frankie Edgar based on the fact that he took the short notice fight against Ortega, risking his title shot after Holloway pulled out. The move did not work in Frankie’s favor but has earned him even more respect in the eyes of the fans as well the UFC President.
“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.”
“It ain’t like the old days, man,” he added. “Back when Matt Serra and those guys were fighting. 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.”