In a recent interview for UFC.com, Frankie Edgar claimed that Dana White has already informed him that he will be the replacement should Conor McGregor or Jose Aldo have to withdraw from the main event of UFC 194.
Speaking to Mike Straka, the former UFC lightweight champion stated “if someone gets hurt I’m the guy stepping in”, before adding “and that’s from Dana White. You can print that in bold letters!”
It had long been speculated that Edgar would be the one chosen to fill any gap that might open in the featherweight title fight. He is ranked the number 2 contender behind Conor, according to the UFC’s official rankings, after all.
The theory seemed to gain support, though, when a fight between he and Chad Mendes was added to The Ultimate Fighter finale, scheduled for December 11th.
Frankie had been campaigning the UFC’s higher-ups for a bout close to the time of UFC 194, so that he would be in camp preparing for a fight should plans for the Pay-per-view main event need to be altered. The granting of his wish appeared to be an attempt on the part of the company to take out an insurance policy, and strongly indicated that Frankie would be “The Answer” to any problems that might arise.
Given the issues that the company, and the fighters involved, encountered when Aldo withdrew from UFC 189, a contingency plan was needed.
One would hope, however, that if Frankie has been informed of the situation, that Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo have also been briefed so that they too can be prepared for such an outcome.
In saying all this, Dana White has recently been guilty of making promises to fighters and not delivering on them.
Miesha Tate was famously told that a win over Jessica Eye at UFC on Fox 16 would be enough to secure her a third crack at Ronda Rousey. In the end, though, the UFC decided to cast former boxing world champion, Holly Holm, in the role of challenger to the “Rowdy” women’s bantamweight champion instead.
Frankie’s position as standby might not be guaranteed.