UFC: Why Conor McGregor Wants to Fight Frankie Edgar, and why it Won’t Happen

UFC legends Conor McGregor and Frankie Edgar have been dominating their divisions for years, but they’ve never fought. Now, McGregor is campaigning for a fight against Edgar, but that fight may not happen anytime soon. Here’s why. 

Conor McGregor needs a rebound

Simply said, McGregor is not doing too hot. After decisively losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor’s continued to dig a hole for himself in terms of his public image. He’s had plenty of run-ins with the law as of late, and more recently, he was caught on camera punching an old man in the face for the crime of refusing to drink McGregor’s whiskey. 

Not only that, but he’s committed the offense of not fighting. Instead, McGregor’s focused his energy on his family, which is respectable, but also on his whiskey, among other things. As a result of that, McGregor hasn’t fought since his loss to Nurmagomedov in late 2018. UFC fans and McGregor fans want the same thing from him, and that’s for him to fight someone in the octagon, and he’s failed to do that.

That’s why many people have been speculating on who McGregor is going to fight next. And for him, at this point in his career, a rebound fight against Edgar makes a lot of sense. 

Why fight Frankie Edgar?

Conor McGregor and Frankie Edgar (pictured) are down to fight in a UFC bout, but it probably won't happen anytime soon.
Frankie Edgar. | Patrick Smith/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

This is not the first time Conor McGregor and Frankie Edgar have been mentioned in a potential UFC matchup. At the start of McGregor’s legendary run to the title, Edgar was fighting at the highest level of the same division where McGregor was competitng. The two men were both dominating their opponents, but for one reason or another, they were never paired to fight one another.

Edgar is a great wrestler, and many expected that he would be McGregor’s kryptonite. However, McGregor defeated Chad Mendes, who’s also a great wrestler, and won the interim featherweight title. And from there, McGregor became the famous man he is today. Because of that chain of events, there was no reason for Edgar to fight McGregor, even though many wanted to see it happen. 

But now the two men are both at a turning point in their careers. Edgar, after being soundly defeated by champion Max Holloway, decided that it’s time for him to move to a different weight class. McGregor, after the events in his personal life and his loss to Nurmagomedov, needs a fight, and a winnable fight at that. And Edgar is the lucky one to get the call. 

Why Conor McGregor vs. Frankie Edgar might not happen

Even though Conor McGregor actually called out Frankie Edgar earlier this year, no fight contract has been signed yet. In their back-and-forth tweets at one another, December of 2019 seems to be when they want to fight, but there’s a big problem there. 

UFC 245, which is the only event big enough to have McGregor fight in, is fully booked. There are already three title fights at UFC 245, and the UFC wouldn’t want to book a McGregor fight there as he’d overshadow everyone else on the card. The UFC would be wiser to book a McGregor vs. Edgar fight in 2020, but that causes other concerns. 

Edgar is simply not getting any younger. He’s 38 now, and he’s near the end of his career. He’s been the champion, and he’s fought for the title multiple times. He’s very likely to retire soon if his body can’t keep up with the pounding UFC fighters receive. Most fighters don’t or can’t fight past their early- or mid-forties

But, as McGregor told ESPN, he wants to fight Edgar because Edgar wants to tell his kids that he fought McGregor once. And of course, a fight with McGregor will mean a lot of money for Edgar and his family. The fight probably won’t happen any time soon, but it could happen eventually.