Coach Surprised By Conor’s Callout
Last week, Conor McGregor told ESPN that Frankie Edgar was on the top of his list, soon after that declaration, Edgar welcomed a fight with the former UFC double champion.
Yet, this is not the first time an idea of a fight between the two would be presented, but according to Edgar’s coach Mark Henry, it is the first time McGregor was down to fight the trailblazing Edgar.
“He didn’t want to fight Frankie before and he had opportunities too,” Henry told MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast regarding Edgar being offered as a replacement opponent for Jose Aldo at UFC 189.
“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…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,” said Henry.
“Frankie would love to fight him, he’s always wanted to fight him; Frankie always wants to fight the best guys. I think Conor’s that way too. I know Conor didn’t fight Frankie, but he’s taken fights at the last second and he’s not afraid of anything. I give him a lot of credit, so many guys don’t wanna fight when their opponents get hurt. Look at Frankie, he loses a match and he takes a fight with [Brian] Ortega in two seconds. I believe Conor is the same; Conor is a guy that will fight, so they’re perfect for each other.”
“Yeah, I’ve always thought [Edgar was McGregor’s kryptonite], and I still think he is today,” Henry continued. “I think Frankie would definitely do well with him. I’ve never said he’d roll him over or anything, but I think it would be a great fight.”
“I think 145 would be great. Even 150 or something like that, that’s cool. I think Conor is a professional, even with his last cut to  against Aldo, he’s a true professional. The guy’s never missed weight, you’ve got to give him credit.”
Report via MMA Fighting