While two former lightweight champions have been very vocal about wanting a fight against each other, the UFC President is not on board. In an interview with the Boston Herald, Dana White was asked about the return of former two-weight champion Conor McGregor, and the possibility of a fight against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, and White turned it down quickly.
White told the Boston Herald that although “The Notorious” loves to fight, the fight with Edgar isn’t going to happen and he gave a reasonable reason as to why he’s not interested in making the fight happen..
“Conor loves to fight and wants to fight again, but the Frankie Edgar fight isn’t going to happen. Edgar is two weight classes below him. [Edgar] was supposed to fight Aljamain Sterling, Aljamain fell out and got hurt. Frankie is coming to the end of his career, and he could end up getting himself into a title position again. To take the Conor fight makes no sense.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)
Although Dana White doesn’t believe the fight makes sense, both Edgar and McGregor called each other out for the fight, including most recently this week when the Irish superstar told White to make the fight, and offered to donate his fight purse to charity.
With the Frankie Edgar fight likely off the table for McGregor’s return fight, Dana White did not offer a different opponent in mind for the former champion but did say he expects him to return in early 2020.
The comments from Dana White also give an inside look to what the plan for Frankie Edgar is as he prepares to debut in the bantamweight division. With White saying that Edgar could position himself for a title fight, it appears the UFC could possibly be giving him top contenders when he joins the 135-pound division.
With Dana White shutting down the idea, fans will have to wait and see who both Frankie Edgar and Conor McGregor receive as respective opponents when they return to the Octagon.