Thursday, February 22, 2018

Once upon a time, Conor McGregor was a broke fighter on welfare. Then on April 6, 2013, he knocked out Marcus Brimage winning a then $60,000 Knockout of the Night performance bonus. He wasn’t exactly sure what he’d do with all the money. Two years later he won the interim featherweight championship, and unified it. It was still 2015.

Next, he had two of the biggest PPV fights in league history vs. Nate Diaz. And on November 12, 2016 he won the UFC lightweight belt, simultaneously seeing the featherweight belt removed for non-defense. His latest bout was arguably the most lucrative in combat sports history – a prize fight vs. the greatest boxer of his generation, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

It now appears McGregor is about to lose his lightweight title, again for non-defense. However, in a recent message on his social network, McGregor said he had been willing to fight Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 on March 3, when new featherweight champ Max Holloway withdrew due to injury.

I am fighting again. Period. 
I am the best at this.
I put my name forward to step in at UFC 222 to face Frankie Edgar when Max Holloway pulled out, but I was told there wasn’t enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need.
I was excited about bouncing in last minute and taking out the final featherweight, without all the rest of the stuff that comes with this game.
Please respect the insane amount of work outside the fight game that I have put in.
On top of the fighting.
I am here.
It is on them to come and get me. Because I am here.
Yours sincerely,
The Champ Champ™

Now Frankie Edgar is fighting Brian Ortega. That’s a fun excellent fight. But it’s no Frankie Edgar vs. Conor McGregor. He’s there UFC; make something happen Dana White.