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Conor McGregor cut an ominous figure behind the steel fence as Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar met for the second time at UFC 200.
Dana White made it clear that the winner of the interim title fight would get the next crack at the Irishman’s featherweight crown, and many believed that Edgar would be the man to gain the golden ticket.
Compared to Aldo who was coming off his first defeat in ten years–an emphatic, and now iconic 13 second knockout at the hands of ‘The Notorious’ at UFC 194–Edgar has gained steady momentum in the weight class. Since his initial bout in the division, a decision loss to Aldo back in February 2013, ‘The Answer’ tagged on five wins with notable stoppage victories over BJ Penn, Cub Swanson and Chad Mendes.
His first round knockout of Mendes was supposed to enough. Before the post-fight press conference even began at The Cosmopolitan on the Friday night, media and members of his team were adamant that the early stoppage made Edgar undeniable as a contender. When McGregor put a fatal stamp on his bout with Aldo the following day and unified the titles, the date with the Dubliner was all but confirmed.
However, as Conor McGregor took to the dais after his win over Aldo, he had different weight divisions on his mind. Eventually he faced Nate Diaz at welterweight and tasted the first defeat in his UFC career. Just when everyone was sure it would be Edgar’s time to challenge his title, McGregor decided that he wanted another date with Diaz, obscuring the Tom River native’s trajectory.
Both Aldo and Edgar seemed to have their minds on the Dubliner leading into their contest. Appearing on Talking Brawls on SevereMMA.com the week before the interim title fight, it was clear that Edgar’s ….View full article