Frankie Edgar: “Let’s be real. The way this goes, it’s not always the #1 contender that gets the title shots.”

Frankie-Edgar - MMAWEEKLYUFC featherweight Frankie Edgar has lost three title-bouts in a row and is poised to face Charles Oliveira in July at UFC 162, an opponent also coming off a stumble in his most recent rumble. However, in Edgar’s opinion, a convincing win over Oliveira could still result in another crack at divisional gold.

Edgar spoke frankly with a group of media members at UFC 159 including Darce Side Radio where he elaborated on his rationale.

“Let’s be real. The way this goes, it’s not always the #1 contender that gets the title shots,” said Edgar, pointing to the UFC 159 main event between Jon Jones-Chael Sonnen as an example. “It’s who they invest money in and who’s a known name. In the lighter weights, just being that I’ve fought seven title-fights in a row, I think I’m that guy. So I think it makes sense for them, and it obviously makes sense for me.”

“I’m going to go out there and perform to the best of my ability, and I hope it’s enough to get the attention toward my way,” he continued.

Of course, Edgar is also realistic enough to know it might take more than a single instance of success and he’s okay with that scenario too.

“One would be nice but two maybe. If it’s three, it’s whatever. I’m down to work for it,” he concluded, adding he might be willing to give bantamweight a go if successful in obtaining a belt at 145 pounds but would otherwise not “drop weight to chase a title.”

Despite his trio of consecutive defeats, all of which were closely contested, Edgar still holds an overall record of 15-4-1. Among his notable past victories are those over Sean Sherk, Jim Miller, Gray Maynard, and B.J. Penn.

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4 COMMENTS
  • Screenplaya says:

    I wish the UFC would come up with a legitimate mathematical model for determining the rankings and who gets title shots.

    The math that determines title shots should work out such that people who lose title challenges do not get another shot very quickly.

    Maybe I’m just dreaming…

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  • MCM says:

    “……..adding he might be willing to give bantamweight a go if successful in obtaining a belt at 145 pounds………” Don’t you mean UNsuccessful?

    And he’s right, it’s not always the #1 contender. No need to look at Chael, Frankie himself got a title shot coming of of two loses in a division he never fought in.

    I agree with Screenplaya, if you lose your shot, back of the line you go or at least back of the top 5. How guys like Faber, Frankie, Cain (and it looks like JDS), Machida can get title shots with only one win and guy like Fitch, have to put together 6-7 fight wining streaks is ridiculous.

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  • sdouglasmc says:

    I look at it like this… to be the champ you have to beat the champ – and I don’t mean eek out a close decision by having close rounds.

    I think in mma, like I do also in boxing, if a round is close it should go to the champ. He is there to defend his title and like so, would’ve had to do the same to earn it. I think this would help with all these rematch talks.

    Cain, beat the champ, JDS, convincingly. No need for an immediate rematch. Frankie, Bendo… don’t think Bendo did enough to win the title the first time. Frankie deserved the rematch.

    I think the Bendo/Melendez fight was the right way. Melendez didn’t do enough to win it convincingly… back of the line. If he (Melendez) was the champ going into that fight, I’d think the same thing about Bendo, he didn’t do enough to win the title.

    I think I might have gone off topic.

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  • Screenplaya says:

    100% with you, sdouglasmc. You have to take the title. Ties go to the champion.

    Melendez lost, as he should, because he failed to go after the champ. Of course, if I were in charge of judging, Bendo would never have held the title. I don’t think he did enough to take the title from Edgar in their first fght. Interestingly, in their rematch, with Bendo as champ, I wouldnt have given that fight to Frankie because HE didnt do enough to take down the champ.

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