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Edgar: Conor McGregor is ‘next best thing’ if I don’t get to fight Max Holloway for the title

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Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar has laid out his immediate future plans.

11-year UFC veteran and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar only wants big fights for himself, and rightly so. One of the matchups he is now eyeing on is a possible featherweight title fight against current 145-pound champion Max Holloway.

Edgar and Holloway had been slated to face each other twice already, at UFC 218 in 2017 and UFC 222 in March, but injuries on both men had caused the matchup to fall through. Instead, Edgar was dealt his first knockout loss at UFC 222 by Brian Ortega, which ultimately derailed his shot at the title.

Currently ranked number three behind Ortega and Jose Aldo respectively, “The Answer” feels a title shot is the only sensible next move to make.

”I’m hoping I get Max. I’m hoping Max sticks around at 45, and we get to finally get to square up. I think it makes the most sense,” Edgar told TMZ Sports.

“We were supposed to link up, and I think a lot of people talk about that matchup. I don’t think he’s fought someone like myself. I could definitely do some different things in there that Ortega can’t. So that’s what I’m gunning for.”

A move up to 155 pounds could be in the immediate future of Holloway, with a fight against Tony Ferguson already laid out on the table. So if a 145-pound title fight does not pan out for Edgar, he has a backup plan for himself.

“Maybe Conor’s free,” he said. “Conor wants to get down and fight. We were supposed to fight a long time too. If I’m not fighting for the belt, then I guess Conor’s the next best thing.”

Edgar stated that he is willing to move back up to 155 just to make this legacy fight happen for him.

“He’s the most popular guy of my era. Let’s be real, he is,” Edgar said of McGregor. “It’ll be a shame if I retire down the road and I get my kids and grandkids ask me if I ever fought Conor McGregor and I get to say no. I wanna say yeah.”

The 37-year-old Edgar (23-6-1, with 11 wins by stoppage) last fought Cub Swanson in a rematch last April in Atlantic City. He won via unanimous decision.