Chad Mendes has taken to social media to call out former lightweight champ, and current featherweight contender, Frankie Edgar.
Frankie Edgar has made it clear that he is keen to compete on the big UFC 194 card, scheduled for December 12th. Or, failing that, on another card close to that date.
In a recent interview with severemma.com, “The Answer” explained that the reason he is looking to fight around that time is so that he will be prepared to capitalize on the opportunity to replace either Jose Aldo or Conor McGregor, should one of the men be forced to withdraw from the main event.
Frankie is a smart guy.
Edgar was under consideration as a replacement for Jose Aldo when he withdrew from UFC 189, but that place went to Chad Mendes instead. With many suspecting that Mendes’ lack of a full training camp played a huge role in his downfall to McGregor, Edgar is planning to avoid the same fate should he be granted a late call-up.
In recent days, Frankie has had no shortage of challengers emerge, with both Jeremy Stephens and Max Holloway offering to fight him.
This was the game Edgar’s response….
— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) August 24, 2015
The Ultimate Fighter 22 finale is the day before UFC 194, December 11th. Either of these fights would serve as an ideal main event for this show.
Though both of those fights are exciting and intriguing, an even juicier match-up presented itself yesterday.
— chad mendes (@chadmendes) August 24, 2015
This would be a hell of a fight, and one that would make UFC 194 among the most attractive looking cards of all-time on paper. Alternatively it could be added to the TUF card, in the main event slot, although one would imagine a fight of this magnitude belongs on the pay-per-view event.
Don’t be too surprised if it happens either, as it would appear that the UFC brass have also learned lessons from the unfortunate events surrounding UFC 189.
In a recent vlog, Luke Thomas of mmafighting.com, made an interesting point. He stated that the UFC may have slotted Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs Yoel Romero below the Chris Weidman vs Luke Rockhold middleweight title fight so that they would have a pair of middleweights ready to fill in if a championship competitor was forced to withdraw.
Having been burned so many times by Aldo, and with so much at stake, it would stand to reason then that they would try to secure an insurance policy for the main event also.