Henry today blasted McGregor’s comeback tease with a long diatribe in response to the Irish champ’s claim that he offered to fight Edgar only to be turned down by the UFC.
“You ducked him 3 times in the past, (Frankie Edgar) and his manager (Ali Abdelaziz) asked for (Conor’s) name specifically when Max (Holloway) went down (but we knew you only take stylistically what is a good match for you and you ducked him 3x already),” Henry wrote today on social media.
“It’s soo soo simple if your dog crap post is true fight Frankie next,” Henry later added. “Weather (sic) it be mma or boxing. And I promise you he won’t hammerfist on top your head he knows the rules. But YOU WON’T!”
Henry isn’t the only one upset with McGregor’s post. Edgar’s longtime manager, Ali Abdelaziz, called the champ an offensive name and denied his claim that he was a potential replacement at UFC 222.
Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) repeatedly has asked to face McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC)in the past but to no avail. Two years ago, Edgar was promised a shot at the featherweight title that McGregor held, only to see the Irish champ move to the lightweight division, where he won the title and later left the sport to fight Floyd Mayweather.
Now on hiatus and in the midst of contract negotiations with the UFC, McGregor will be stripped of his second UFC title, according to UFC President Dana White. White repeatedly cast doubt on the lightweight champ’s desire to return. Today, McGregor took to Instagram to declare, “I am fighting again. Period.”
McGregor has asked for an ownership stake in the UFC for his next contract, which hasn’t gotten any traction with White.
Edgar was scheduled to face featherweight champion Max Holloway for the title at UFC 222 but is now slated to fight Brian Ortega after Holloway was forced to withdraw from the event due to injury.
Henry’s criticism of McGregor was cut with praise for his accomplishments in and out of the cage. Still, the coach said the star fighter’s success has as much to do with favoritism as it does skill and heart, which he said Edgar possess in spades.
“It’s bad enough (to write) crappy posts putting people down when you have never defended a title,” Henry wrote. “Cut lines to titles and 90 (percent) of the time fight people in your comfort zone.
“I agree Connor is an AMAZING AMAZING fighter and has transcended the game with his accent, personality, wit, incredible fighting style and power (which beat a great and one of my own guys) intelligence and don’t forget trashing people some of the BEST standup I’ve ever seen in MMA and I really thought had a chance first 2 rds to (beat) Mayweather. But to constantly sit on the sideline and talk about a man who always wants to fight and always and only the BEST guys, a man the UFC always trys to side track (Frankie Edgar whether) Mendes (they were trying to protect you) or Yair (Rodriguez) or another young killer.
“A fighter who should be at 35 but fights his whole career heavier and doesn’t cry about someone being bigger like you constantly did with a 55er. A fighter who doesn’t make excuses when he losses like size or cheesecake he just takes it like a man and gives credit when is due. A fighter who even though gives up height range weight his entire career has never quit or been stopped. Last time I checked that’s 4 for you now buddy. You will NEVER EVER have the heart of Frankie or integrity.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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