Frankie Edgar pushes for shot at Max Holloway-Brian Ortega winner after UFC Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. Fresh off a redeeming win over Cub Swanson in UFC Fight Night 128’s headliner, ex-champ Frankie Edgar wants another UFC title shot.Pointing out his lost title opportunity at UFC 222, Edgar pushed to face the winner of an upcoming title bout between featherweight champ Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) and Brian Ortega (14-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) at UFC 226 in July.“I’d like to see what happens with that,” Edgar told MMAjunkie backstage after his unanimous decision win at Boardwalk Hall, which hosted the FS1-televised event in Atlantic City, N.J. “I would love the winner of that fight.
“I was supposed to get the title shot, and obviously, we know what happened. But I’m No. 3 in the world, and those guys are ahead of me.”Edgar, who stands at No. 4 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, came into the bout just one month removed from a knockout loss to Ortega, who stepped in to co-headline UFC 222 when Holloway was forced to withdraw from the event due to injury.
Taking on a rematch with Swanson (25-8 MMA, 10-4 UFC) on Saturday, Edgar (23-6-1 MMA, 17-6-1 UFC) was met with concern for his quick turnaround and invited additional scrutiny by indicating he’d broken his medical suspension by sparring immediately after his loss.
“I get it why people (question my chin),” he said. “You look at past people that have done it before, and maybe it didn’t go their way. But like I said, I think I’m just different.
“I took some good shots in there. Cub can crack, and I didn’t get phased by any of his punches, so I think I shut the doubters down once again.”
Edgar has made a career of doing that, of course. In the process, the 36-year-old New Jersey native has been in eight UFC title bouts, receiving three shots at the lightweight and featherweight title as a contender.
Whether his latest win adds another title shot to his list, the odds seem pretty good he’ll chase one more down.For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Events section of the site.







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