Former champ Edgar continues to lobby for McGregor fight

(L-R) Frankie Edgar has been vocal about his desire to fight Conor McGregor

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Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar wants another shot at the UFC featherweight belt, and in particular, interim champion Conor McGregor. It’s no secret

Following McGregor’s win over late-notice replacement Chad Mendes at UFC 189, Edgar made his way to the Octagon to challenge the Irishman. Not much was made of the challenge, however, and McGregor refused to talk about Edgar at the post-fight news conference.

Edgar turned the heat up a notch on Wednesday. The New Jersey fighter started a fan Q&A on Twitter, using the hastag #NoTakedownDefense, which assumingly refers to McGregor getting taken down four times in less than two rounds. 

Here are a few highlights from the 21-tweet Q&A: 

Edgar clearly wants to fight McGregor as soon as possible. But the 18-fight UFC veteran may have to wait awhile as McGregor was just announced as one of the coaches for the upcoming season of "The Ultimate Fighter" alongside Urijah Faber, and UFC president Dana White recently mentioned that McGregor will challenge Jose Aldo next to unify their respective belts.

With McGregor shut down for TUF for three months and Aldo out until October, at the earliest, fans may have to wait until December 2015 or January 2016 to see either featherweight in the Octagon.

As much as we can’t wait to see the highly-hyped showdown between McGregor and Aldo, we can’t help but feel for Edgar in this situation. He’s been outright dominant during his current four-fight win streak, creating at least a 2:1 striking advantage in each bout and landing a combined 18 takedowns while not being taken down once. His last loss was a 2013 unanimous decision to current champ Aldo. 

But as Edgar said, eventually he’ll get his chance. With Edgar, Mendes, McGregor and Aldo, as well as up-and-coming featherweights Charles Oliveira and Max Holloway currently fighting at a high level, 2016 should be packed with exciting matchups in the 145-pound division.