Frankie Edgar was so close to a title shot — he was scheduled for the UFC 222 headline bout with UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway, but Holloway had to pull from the fight with an injury.
Edgar instead faced Brian Ortega in the co-main event, and in shocking, upset fashion, Ortega knocked out Edgar in the first round of the title eliminator, becoming the first to finish Edgar.
Many praised Edgar still going on with the show, even if it meant sacrificing a title shot. But as reported by MMA Fighting, Edgar stated on a recent edition of The MMA Hour that he feels a title shot isn’t completely gone yet.
I think I’m still close. Maybe not just one (win), but two and I feel like I’m right there. I always say, as long as I keep training hard and keep putting myself in the right position, I think I’ll always be knocking on that door.
Edgar will look to rebound at UFC Atlantic City on April 21, taking on Cub Swanson. Edgar and Swanson have met once before, in 2014, with Edgar dominating the bout and scoring a submission in the closing seconds.
Many in the MMA community have expressed concern at Edgar staying at 145, instead of opting to drop to 135, and for having such a quick turnaround after a knockout loss. But Edgar himself isn’t concerned and isn’t planning on dropping the chance to get the featherweight title. He said after a couple of more featherweight bouts, then he’ll think about a potential move to bantamweight.
“I don’t care. Cub’s game, I’m game, let’s do it,” Edgar said. “It doesn’t matter at this point. It doesn’t really matter who fights who so much. I think this is all timing. If you’re winning fights at the right time, then good things happen.
“I’m not going to go to 135 like that. I’m doing a couple more ones at ‘45, trying to get this belt at ‘45 still, and then we’ll worry about 135. I’m not saying we’re closing the door on it, but Thursday night of weigh-ins when you’re making ’45, ’35 is definitely not on my mind.”