<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=452865" target="_blank"> Edgar 'definitely annoyed' at Mendes' shot </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=452865" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=90&q=75&x=228&y=76&w=310&h=165&ro=0&s=frankie-edgar-urijah-faber.jpg" /></a> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <p>UFC featherweight Frankie Edgar appeared recently on <a href="https://twitter.com/arielhelwani" target="_blank">Ariel </a><a href="https://twitter.com/arielhelwani" target="_blank">Helwani</a>'s The MMA Hour, and expressed disappointment that Chad Mendes, not he, was selected to fight Conor McGregor for the Interim title, should division champion Jose Aldo be unable to fight at UFC 189 on July 11, due to his rib injury.</p>
Mendes is coming off a win, but his fight before that was a loss to Jose Aldo. It was his second loss to the champion. However, those are the sole losses on Mendes' record. Edgar is on a four-fight fight win streak, coming off a close, fight of the night loss to Aldo.
The UFC's media-generated rankings have Mendes as the #1 contender, and Aldo as #2, and that apparently was the deciding factor.
"I was a little surprised by it," said Edgar, as transcribed by Shaun Al-Shatti for MMAfighting.com. "Somebody called and asked if I was willing to step in, so I almost wish they didn't ask me at all, get my hopes up for nothing.
"Not taking anything away from Mendes, obviously he's a stud and he goes in there, he won his last fight by knockout. But you know, his last two fights he's 1-1. He has only a one-fight win streak. I have a four-fight win streak. So yeah, I am a little surprised. I think at one point after the Cub fight, or at some point, I was the No. 1 contender. I think it was after [Mendes'] fight with Aldo actually, I was the No. 1 contender. Then all of a sudden, somehow it got flopped."
"They pretty much said, Mendes is the No. 1 contender. I guess they're going by numbers, but... I'm trying to put my foot in my mouth here, but you gotta go by the rankings all the time, not just sometimes.
"I understand it's a business and that's what they're looking for. But in this instance, I felt like, alright, if he's No. 1, I'm No. 2, it's a fine line right there. But they went with him, they didn't go with me, I can't be crying about it right now."
"I had bruised rubs in college during wrestling. ... But everything's different, I can't really say. I would like to say I would've fought. That's what I would like to say, but you never know.
"I think the best case scenario is Aldo and McGregor do fight, and it's not a close fight, it's not a controversial fight, and I get the winner. That's the best-case scenario.
"I'm not going to sit around and wait forever. I'm fighting. I want to fight before this year is out, and of course I want to fight for that title first and foremost. But if they go a different route, I'm not going to sit around and wait.
"(I'm) definitely annoyed. But again, I'm not one to sit there and (complain). The decision is made. I've gotta keep moving and worry about what's next. There's a lot of ‘ifs' in the air right now. I think July 11th we'll figure out what's really going on and I guess that'll my be future."
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