Frankie Edgar recently hopped on MMA Hour and had a few not-so-nice things to say about the heads of the UFC, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta. He was a bit salty about how he was treated after UFC 194, when he was under the impression that he'd be allowed to jump into the Octagon and challenge Conor McGregor to be his next opponent.
Here's what he had to say when he hopped on MMA Hour for an interview:
"I thought they wanted me to go in the cage. And then as I’m about to walk in Dana [White] was walking out, he said, ‘you’re not going in there, Conor’s going up, blah blah blah, we might give Aldo a rematch, we don’t know.’ I just kind of…I’ve never been, I mean granted Conor put himself in a position to be in charge, but I’ve never been there. Usually I do what they ask me."
Subsequently, after all of the UFC 194 shit went down, it was revealed that Conor might move up to 155 pounds to challenge the winner of Cerrone and dos Anjos (a fight that took place just a week later in Orlando). McGregor's plan? To hold on to simultaneous titles at 145 and 155. The UFC doesn't normally cater to a request like that, but in this case we have Conor McGregor... a truly special guy... and darling of the UFC.
Of course this meant that the promise made to Edgar was being revoked, more than likely, which doesn't make Edgar too happy. He went on to explain why to Ariel Helwani.
"For sure, I’m pissed. I’ve been at it for a while now, I’ve been knocking on the door for this title shot for a while. It started with Cub [Swanson]. If Cub beat me he was promised a title shot. I beat him, I finished him in pretty dominating fashion and no, I’m not even considered for that title shot. I take it in stride. I do everything in stride, I really do think I’m a company man, but it’s not really panning out for me being that way."
It appears Frankie Edgar is losing patience with the UFC in general at this point
"I’m there — I’m there already. I’m not one to sit there and cry about it. People, my whole career say, ‘you’re too quiet, you need to say stuff,’ and the minute you say something it’s, ‘you’re f*cking crying.’ I mean come on, you just can’t win with these people. And you really can’t pay attention to them. The people I need to talk to are Dana and Lorenzo, and they seem like they’re not listening either."
"What am I going to do, scream and shout? What can I do? Dana and Lorenzo, they know what I want man. People are like, 'you need to call them.' They f*cking know what I want. What, am I going to bother them? For what? For them to say no? So they can promise me something one day and say no the next? Come on."
"Realistically, I’m setting myself up for that already. I'm setting myself up for hope for the best, expect the worst. I’m expecting the worst."
What do you think?