Conor McGregor sent the MMA world into meltdown with an Instagram post last night confirming his intention to fight in the UFC again.
However, what really grabbed the attention of everyone was his assertion that he offered to step in on short notice after Max Holloway pulled out of the UFC 222 headliner and face Frankie Edgar.
McGregor also mentioned that the only reason the fight didn’t materialise is because the UFC didn’t didn’t have sufficient time to ‘generate the money’ to get him to fight.
I am fighting again. Period. I am the best at this. I put my name forward to step in at UFC 222 to face Frankie Edgar when Max Holloway pulled out, but I was told there wasn't enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need. I was excited about bouncing in last minute and taking out the final featherweight, without all the rest of the stuff that comes with this game. Please respect the insane amount of work outside the fight game that I have put in. On top of the fighting. I am here. It is on them to come and get me. Because I am here. Yours sincerely, The Champ Champ™
Frankie Edgar’s camp did not respond too kindly, however, to McGregor’s insinuations about the fight.
Edgar’s incensed manager Ali Abdelaziz went on TMZ and absolutely trashed McGregor, saying that he constantly ducked his client.
Let me tell you about Conor McGregor. He’s like a prostitute, used to make high-dollar money, but she got old and nobody wanted her anymore.
This f*cking guy. For three years, he did everything he can not to fight Frankie Edgar.
He had so many opportunities. Now he wants to fight Frankie? That’s funny
But the outspoken Ali Abdelaziz wasn’t the only one from Frankie Edgar’s camp to reply to McGregor’s post as even the UFC Featherweight’s normally soft-spoken coach, Mark Henry, had his say about the Irishman.
In his Instagram post replying to McGregor’s original statement, Henry had this to say.
You will NEVER EVER have the heart of Frankie or integrity.
It’s soo soo simple if your dog crap post is true fight Frankie next.
Weather it be mma or boxing. ( And I promise you he won’t hammer fist on top your head he knows the rules). But YOU WON’T!
When you bring up @frankieedgar name that's the perfect picture for you @thenotoriousmma. You ducked him 3 times in the past, FE and his manager @aliabdelaziz000 asked for Conors name specifically when Max went down ( but we knew you only take stylistically what is a good match for you and you ducked him 3x already) it's bad enough of crappy posts putting people down when you have never defended a title cut lines to titles and 90 % of the time fight people in your comfort zone. I agree Connor is an AMAZING AMAZING fighter and has transcended the game with his accent, personality, wit, incredible fighting style and power ( which beat a great and one of my own guys) intelligence and don't forget trashing people some of the BEST standup I've ever seen in mma and I really thought had a chance first 2 rds to bear mayweather. But to constantly sit on the sideline and talk about a man who always wants to fight and always and only the BEST guys, a man the UFC always trys to side track FE weather Mendes ( they were trying to protect you) or Yair or another young killer. A fighter who should be at 35 but fights his whole career heavier and doesn't cry about someone being bigger like you constantly did with a 55er. A fighter who doesn't make excuses when he losses like size or cheesecake he just takes it like a man and gives credit when is due. A fighter who even though gives up height range weight his entire career has never quit or been stopped. Last time I checked that's 4 for you now buddy. You will NEVER EVER have the heart of Frankie or integrity. It's soo soo simple if your dog crap post is true fight Frankie next. Weather it be mma or boxing. ( And I promise you he won't hammer fist on top your head he knows the rules). But YOU WON'T! @thenotoriousmma with @get_repost ・・・ I am fighting again. Period. I am the best at this. I put my name forward to step in at UFC 222 to face Frankie Edgar when Max Holloway pulled out, but I was told there wasn't enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need. I was excited about bouncing in last minute and taking out the final featherweight, without all the rest of the stuff that comes with this game. Please respe
It’s pretty clear that Frankie Edgar’s camp didn’t take kindly to McGregor’s statement, while they prepare to face undefeated fellow Featherweight contender Brian Ortega at UFC 222.
Edgar himself, however, remained classy as ever. He tweeted out his intention to focus on Ortega next, claiming that he would be willing to face anyone after that.
This is the truth. My focus is on Ortega and they all can get it after. Anytime, anywhere, any weight class ?????? https://t.co/zUDeEa79Bk
— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) February 22, 2018
What do you think of this whole McGregor – Edgar fiasco? Will they ever fight inside the Octagon?
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