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Coach Mark Henry: McGregor ‘ducked’ Frankie Edgar ‘three times’ in the past

Frankie Edgar’s coach, Mark Henry, goes on a rant about Conor McGregor.

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Yesterday, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor claimed that he offered to fight Frankie Edgar on short notice at next week’s UFC 222 pay-per-view, and it’s caused quite the stir on social media.

Edgar’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, called McGregor a ‘liar’ and a ‘prostitute’, claiming that ‘The Notorious’ has never had any interest in throwing down with ‘The Answer’.

Abdelaziz was backed up by Edgar’s long-time striking coach Mark Henry, who has developed somewhat of a feud with McGregor since the Irishman burst onto the scene in 2015.

Henry, who coaches Edgar out of Toms River, New Jersey, accused McGregor of ducking his prized student three times in the past and said Edgar would even be willing to fight him in the boxing ring.

When you bring up @frankieedgar name that's the perfect picture for you @thenotoriousmma. You ducked him 3 times in the past, FE and his manager @aliabdelaziz000 asked for Conors name specifically when Max went down ( but we knew you only take stylistically what is a good match for you and you ducked him 3x already) it's bad enough of crappy posts putting people down when you have never defended a title cut lines to titles and 90 % of the time fight people in your comfort zone. I agree Connor is an AMAZING AMAZING fighter and has transcended the game with his accent, personality, wit, incredible fighting style and power ( which beat a great and one of my own guys) intelligence and don't forget trashing people some of the BEST standup I've ever seen in mma and I really thought had a chance first 2 rds to bear mayweather. But to constantly sit on the sideline and talk about a man who always wants to fight and always and only the BEST guys, a man the UFC always trys to side track FE weather Mendes ( they were trying to protect you) or Yair or another young killer. A fighter who should be at 35 but fights his whole career heavier and doesn't cry about someone being bigger like you constantly did with a 55er. A fighter who doesn't make excuses when he losses like size or cheesecake he just takes it like a man and gives credit when is due. A fighter who even though gives up height range weight his entire career has never quit or been stopped. Last time I checked that's 4 for you now buddy. You will NEVER EVER have the heart of Frankie or integrity. It's soo soo simple if your dog crap post is true fight Frankie next. Weather it be mma or boxing. ( And I promise you he won't hammer fist on top your head he knows the rules). But YOU WON'T! @thenotoriousmma with @get_repost ・・・ I am fighting again. Period. I am the best at this. I put my name forward to step in at UFC 222 to face Frankie Edgar when Max Holloway pulled out, but I was told there wasn't enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need. I was excited about bouncing in last minute and taking out the final featherweight, without all the rest of the stuff that comes with this game. Please respe

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McGregor, 29, fought a who’s who of featherweight contenders (Chad Mendes, Dustin Poirier, Max Holloway) in his epic title run from 2013-2015 but, unfortunately, never crossed paths with Edgar, who is one of the toughest and craftiest veterans in the game.

Instead of fighting McGregor, Edgar, a former lightweight champion, will take on surging featherweight prospect Brian Ortega in the co-main event of UFC 222. The pay-per-view takes place next weekend, March 3 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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