Frankie Edgar's boxing coach, Mark Henry, isn't happy about Conor McGregor's multi-divisional aspirations. When the Irishman knocked out Jose Aldo to seize the featherweight title at UFC 194, McGregor announced that he would be moving up in weight to dethrone light champ, Rafael dos Anjos.
When dos Anjos pulled out of the bout with a broken foot, 'The Notorious' climbed another weight class to take on late-replacement Nate Diaz at UFC 196. It marked McGregor's 170-pound debut, which saw the SBG Ireland product submitted in the second round.
Following the loss - McGregor's first in the UFC - it was announced that a welterweight rematch with Diaz would headline the blockbuster UFC 200 card. However due to a recent spat between McGregor and the promotion, the 27-year-old was pulled from the event and is expected to defend his FW title against the winner of Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar.
Henry, however, doesn't think McGregor will return to his championship weight class and believes the Dubliner should relinquish the belt.
"Everybody keeps stoking up Conor so much, but Frankie is also trying to go for his second belt, too, and this guy- the thing with my daughter growing up, she was a great kid, but she wanted the baba and the binkie and the blankie (and) she was scared," Henry told MMAjunkie Radio. "She just wouldn't get rid of it and held on tight to that. And I think Conor needs to let go of that baba and the binkie and just let go of the 145-pound title."
Although McGregor lost to Diaz, his success at featherweight is undeniable. In just two years, the former two-division Cage Warriors champion catapulted to title contention with a slew of early stoppages against top contenders. His thirteen second KO of 'Scarface' put an exclamation point on his dominance in the division.
Henry, though, feels McGregor was gifted favorable matchups against strikers and says his path to the title was fraudulent.
"I don't know if Conor's taken that route. In the military, I think it would be a good job for Conor (clearing) landmines. Somehow he missed (Darren) Elkins, somehow he missed (Clay) Guida, somehow he missed (Dennis) Bermudez, somehow he missed (Ricardo) Lamas, somehow he missed (Chad) Mendes with a full camp. Somehow he missed Frankie."
"Fraud. That's been his path. Frankie's gone a different path."
'The Answer' will rematch Aldo for the interim FW championship in the co-main event of UFC 200 and hopes to become a two-division champion by the end of the year. The PPV takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 9.