Let’s not give the injury bug any crazy ideas, because everyone wants to finally see reigning featherweight champ Jose Aldo and interim champ Conor McGregor settle their beef at UFC 194, but UFC president Dana White appears to have a contingency plan in place just in case one of the two title holders gets hurt for the December 12 shootout.
Please meet Plan B, also known as Frankie Edgar (pictured).
“If someone gets hurt I’m the guy stepping in,” Edgar told UFC.ca. “And that’s from Dana White. You can print that in bold letters!”
The only reason a contingency plan is even a topic of discussion is because Aldo was forced out of his initial meeting with McGregor in July with a broken/bruised rib. The Brazilian also has a reputation for bowing out of bouts due to injuries.
Edgar has been angling for another crack at the featherweight crown since losing to Aldo at UFC 156. “The Answer” has responded with four straight victories since the 2013 defeat, but as of now, will have to prove his mettle at least one more time against Chad Mendes to solidify top contender status.
Edgar and Mendes meet December 11, just 24 hours before UFC 194, so Edgar would be fully prepared to serve as a substitute.
When asked if he’d prefer a rematch to avenge his unanimous decision loss to Aldo or take on one of the UFC’s biggest stars, Edgar said he is merely focused on the gold.
“I want that title,” he said. “That, to me, is the most important thing. Conor may be the money fight, but when you win a title that stays with you forever. Money comes and goes. You’re a champ for the rest of your life. I did it at 155 and I want to do it at 145.”
Edgar’s bags will be packed for Las Vegas, regardless. He’s simply hoping he’ll fight Saturday at UFC 194 instead of Friday at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale.