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Frankie Edgar: Forget a rematch between McGregor and Aldo, I deserve the winner

‘The Answer’ says he’s earned another title shot.

UFC featherweight Frankie Edgar.
UFC featherweight Frankie Edgar.
Image: John Amis

AFTER HIS DOMINANT win over Urijah Faber in yesterday’s Ultimate Fighting Championship main event in the Philippines, Frankie Edgar wants his next bout to be for the UFC featherweight world title.

Edgar won all five rounds en route to a unanimous-decision triumph against Faber, and despite being beaten by reigning champion Jose Aldo in 2013, the 33-year-old says he’s ready for another crack at the 145lbs belt.

A former UFC champion in the lightweight division, Edgar now has four consecutive wins since that loss to Aldo and looks like the most worthy next challenger — but Aldo and Conor McGregor must square off first before Edgar can re-enter the picture.

Should McGregor emerge victorious from Las Vegas on 11 July, an automatic rematch would seem likely given the length — over four years — of the Brazilian’s tenure as champion.

But regardless of the outcome, Edgar believes he’s done enough to be installed as the number one contender.

He said: “I just beat one of the best guys that does our sport. I was able to beat him five rounds to nothing, close him out. I think I’m the next title contender.

“I’m not waiting, but anything can happen. We’ll see. Maybe McGregor will win and I’ll just have to fight him right away. Who knows? Let’s just hope whoever wins, I fight him next.”

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