Frankie Edgar believes that lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos will be too much for featherweight champion Conor McGregor to handle should the pair meet.
McGregor became featherweight champion when he beat Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds at UFC 194 on December 12, and the Irishman subsequently set his sights on a move up to the lightweight division as he looks to hold title belts in two different divisions. It’s believed that he will get his shot at the lightweight title against Dos Anjos at UFC 197 on March 5.
Dos Anjos too was highly impressive last time out, when, in his first fight as champion, he knocked out Donald Cerrone in just 66 seconds at UFC on FOX 17 on December 19.
While both fighters are at the top of their game at the moment, Edgar feels that Dos Anjos has the upper hand over McGregor.
“It’s not an easy matchup for McGregor,” Edgar told the LA Times. “Dos Anjos brings a lot of pressure. He’s a bigger guy, has world-class jiujitsu. His wrestling is phenomenal as of late, and he has power in his hands and kicks. I definitely lean toward him, but I thought Aldo would’ve done a lot better, too, so you never know in this game.”
However, Edgar believes it would be a grave mistake for Dos Anjos to underestimate McGregor given how easily he ended Aldo’s five-year reign as featherweight champion.
“Conor feels himself, believes in himself, and that’s what we’re supposed to do as fighters. He has a reason to do so,” Edgar said.
Meanwhile, Edgar, who is is currently on a five-fight winning streak, admitted that he is currently mulling over his future as he is eager for a title fight against McGregor, but his requests to make the bout happen have fallen on deaf ears thus far.
“I honestly don’t really know what I’m going to do yet,” he said. “I’ve got to weigh some things out. Do I want to wait for Conor — could something happen? Someone get injured? Do I want to wait for that fight or fight and make some money? That’s what I’m weighing right now.”