Although Frankie Edgar hasn’t fought since he dropped a unanimous decision loss to UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo in February, the renowned fighter believes a title shot is within reach at UFC 162. As the former lightweight champ keenly understands, sometimes your name, rather than your ranking, are what get you a crack at the belt (cue 159 poster).
Edgar is set to fight Charles Oliveira at UFC 162 on July 6th, and while talking to MMA Junkie at UFC 159 this past weekend, the 31 year-old noted:
“Let’s be real about the way this goes. It’s not always the No. 1 contender that gets the title shots. Look at tonight. 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.”
Edgar added that he’s hoping his performance versus Oliveira, who’s no slouch, will be enough to get some “attention” his way. While Edgar is still a big star, and a rematch with Aldo would likely deliver once again, men like Chad Mendes, Ricardo Lamas and “The Korean Zombie” Chang Sung Jung would probably disagree.
If Anthony Pettis ends Aldo’s reign at UF 163 one month later, however, things are going to get really interesting in the matchmaking department.
UFC 162 will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will also feature UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva taking on rising contender Chris Weidman. The card will also see Lamas take on the “The Korean Zombie”, who are ranked #2 and #4 respectively in the UFC featherweight division.
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