It seems the temptation of red panty night was not enough to coax Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo in to fighting Conor McGregor at UFC 196. UFC president Dana White seems pretty mad about it too…
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has always turned up when he’s booked in for a fight. Unfortunately for ‘The Notorious and the fans’ in both is UFC title bookings so far, there’s been late injury replacements.
The first came when Jose Aldo injured his rib in sparring before UFC 189, meaning the Brazilian was out and Chad Mendes was drafted in. The replacement of the undisputed belt with the interim belt was little more than trying to claw back promotion money.
With so many fighters busy calling out to fight Conor McGregor day and night since UFC 194, you’d think the first call from UFC president Dana White would be accepted. Jose Aldo was that first call, but he refused, as did former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
Read Dana White’s scathing comments to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports:
“Ali is so full of [expletive]. What are we going to do, Khabib hasn’t fought in two years and we’re going to bring him in to save the show? Besides, Khabib has a fight and we gave that to Fox. It’s amazing, to be honest with you. All of these managers are out there jockeying and they say they want to fight Conor. You hear these guys screaming, ‘Conor, Conor, Conor,’ but then when it comes time to take a fight, they turn it down and they’re hurt.”
So the temptation of red panty night was simply not enough to bring Jose Aldo in for a rematch with the man that knocked him out last year. Nor was it lure enough for Frankie Edgar, who’s been claiming Conor McGregor is avoiding him.