Edgar was on hand to watch Saturday’s bout, and after McGregor laid claim to the interim featherweight title, “The Answer” was spotted talking to the new champ through the cage. What did Edgar say? Well, in a post-fight interview with UFC.com, the former lightweight champ relayed the following (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Actually I went up to the cage and told Conor ‘Congrats’ and that why don’t me and him do it before Aldo,” Edgar said. “Who knows how long Aldo’s going to take. Let me and him figure this out.”
Now is that going to happen? Probably not, unless as Edgar alluded to, Aldo has another setback and can’t fight any time soon. But, since Edgar is the #2 ranked contender at 145, and has won four straight, he’ll be tapped to fight McGregor if Aldo can’t go.
If you saw Saturday’s fight, then you know that McGregor was taken down several times by Mendes, but eventually put away the decorated wrestler in round two. For some, the bout demonstrated that McGregor has the complete game needed to defeat top wrestlers. Others, however, aren’t so sure, and point to Mendes’ decision to go for a choke, and the fact “Money” took the fight on short notice (Dana White has also argued, however, that McGregor didn’t have a complete camp to prepare for Mendes).
After Edgar noted that Mendes gassed because of the short camp, the renowned fighter went on to say this, when asked how he’d fair against McGregor.
“I don’t know,” said Edgar. “I move a little more than Chad. I think my takedowns are there, like his. I feel like I’ve got good ground and pound. I don’t really slow down too much.”
That’s a good point. Of course, some would argue that Edgar doesn’t have the punching power that Mendes does, but there’s no question the featherweight can scrap for days and is ridiculously fast. It would be an interesting match-up, and hopefully we see it at some point.