It’s been a long few weeks and I’ve missed out on touching on some heated topics in MMA. Anderson Silva fought Michael Bisping lost week (and lost in somewhat of a controversial fight), and nobody was talking about it beforehand due to Rafael dos Anjos pulling out of his 155 lb. fight with the Notorious One, Conor McGregor, and in the event of his absence he was replaced by none other that Nate Diaz, who will be fighting McGregor at 170 lbs. This is unprecedented (seeing a newly crowned champion go up two weight classes, a 25 lb. difference).
For those of you unfamiliar with Nate Diaz, he’s the little brother of Nick Diaz. Both are world renown (well… in the mixed martial arts world) fighters that double as elite boxers. For everybody who ever dubbed McGregor the UFC’s posterchild that was overprotected by Dana F. White and Co., congratulations, you played yourself. (Damn it, I had to use that meme sometime.)
Anyway, a lot of people are crying about Frankie Edgar not getting the title shot he apparently deserves.
But let’s face the facts, first. Everybody claiming that McGregor was gifted a title shot vs. Jose Aldo last year may or may not be right, but thinking that Edgar hasn’t been dealt a very fair hand by the UFC is illogical.
Edgar’s first title shot came off a win over Matt Veach (a fighter who was 1-0 in the UFC at the time). Meanwhile, Gray Maynard was simultaneously on an 8-fight win streak, one of which was over Frankie Edgar himself.
Edgar’s second title shot came off a loss (remember — he dropped the lightweight title to Benson Henderson and lost to Bendo again in August 2012).
Edgar’s third title loss came on back to back losses (he lost to Bendo twice in 2012 before losing to Jose Aldo in a featherweight title bout during Super Bowl weekend 2013).
Edgar has only fought twice a year — EVERY YEAR — for the last 8 years.
Eleven of his last twelve fights have been main events. The twelfth was a co-main event for one of the biggest events of the year.
He was even given TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) coaching exposure, and that season was one of the worst ever, what with its low ratings.
Edgar even received endless hyperbolic anointment and incessant fanboying from Dana White.
A guy that has been given title shots in 2 divisions and a horde of opportunities like TUF exposure probably shouldn’t be complaining about a guy that’s had title shots in two divisions and TUF exposure…
…But that’s none of my business.