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The UFC have a back-up plan in place if Aldo or McGregor pull out

“If someone gets hurt I’m the guy stepping in.”

Edgar took on Aldo at UFC 156.
Edgar took on Aldo at UFC 156.
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DESPITE THE FACT he’s due to fight Chad Mendes just 24-hours earlier, Frankie Edgar claims he’s the next man up if Jose Aldo pulls out of his featherweight title bout with Conor McGregor at UFC 194 on December 12.

The former lightweight champion is currently scheduled to headline The Ultimate Fighter finale on December 11 but he told UFC.com that he’s guaranteed to step in if either Aldo or McGregor gets hurt.

The 33-year old said:

“If someone gets hurt I’m the guy stepping in,” Edgar said. “And that’s from Dana White. You can print that in bold letters!”

Given that Aldo has fought just seven times in the UFC — and pulled out of five title fights — it’s no surprise the organisation has a contingency plan in place.

However, even if he doesn’t get to fight for the belt on December 12, it’s highly likely Edgar would be next in line for a title shot — after any potential re-match.

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