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Frankie Edgar says Nate Diaz has a ‘real shot’ to ‘spoil the party’ against Conor McGregor

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At this point, Frankie Edgar knows he may not even be second in line to fight UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor.

McGregor’s grand plan — to capture the lightweight title and make history at UFC 196 — hit a snag last week when Rafael dos Anjos dropped out of the event with a broken foot. Without dos Anjos, and thus no lightweight belt up for grabs, McGregor elected to instead face Nate Diaz in a welterweight bout to keep the show rolling. But the Irishman still has cross-divisional aspirations, and another push for a second title could be in the cards next.

Edgar is hoping that ends up not being the case, although there is one UFC 196 outcome that Edgar is confident would put an end to this craziness and force McGregor to defend his featherweight strap.

“I don’t know, man, I think Nate could go in there and spoil the party, and then [McGregor] has to come back down to 145,” Edgar said Monday on The MMA Hour. “I think that’s best case scenario.

“I give him a real shot. His pressure and volume is just tough to deal with for anybody. You know, Conor’s biggest thing is range and length, and he doesn’t have it in this fight. A southpaw against southpaw, I think a lot could happen there.”

Edgar was actually one of the first names the UFC turned to once dos Anjos dropped out, but, much to his frustration, he was unable to accept after suffering a torn groin four weeks ago while rolling jiu-jitsu.

“The first week, I was having a hard time sitting on the toilet,” Edgar explained. “But it got better and I like to stay doing something. I have to stay doing something because I’ll go crazy. I’m just doing what ….View full article

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