Nobody took Frankie Edgar’s loss against Jose Aldo at UFC 200 harder than Edgar’s coach, Mark Henry. In short, he took the blame for overtraining Edgar, and was gutted to see his longtime contender fall back a space or two in the 145-pound picture. Edgar was one fight away from presumably getting a featherweight title bout with Conor McGregor, whom he was promised a fight with back in December only to see it dissolve just as quick.
Now the familiar players are all gathered for UFC 205 in November, as Edgar will fight Jeremy Stephens and McGregor will try to become the first UFC fighter to win belts in two weight classes with a lightweight title shot against Eddie Alvarez. Henry, who coaches Alvarez as well, has been critical of McGregor and his coaching staff — at one point labeling McGregor a fraud — and it became apparent that there’s no love lost from the other side at the UFC 205 press conference last week at Madison Square Garden.
Alvarez and McGregor traded barbs about each other’s coaches, setting the table for what promises to be a heated lead-up to Nov. 12. At one point, when Alvarez brought up Henry’s name, McGregor grabbed the mic and shouted, “F*ck Mark Henry.”
Surprisingly, Henry, who was in attendance, said he couldn’t blame McGregor — not after he gave him ammunition to feel that way.
“I was a little upset with myself because, for over a decade being affiliated with guys in the UFC and any organization for that matter, I try to be a good example for my fighters, for my kids and especially as a coach,” Henry told MMA Fighting. “Guys that I look up to like Renzo [Gracie] and Ricardo [Almeida] and Nick Catone, ….View full article
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