WOODBRIDGE, N.J. — Mark Henry is one of the very best striking coaches in MMA. He also owns a pizza joint in New Jersey.We decided to visit Pino’s Pizzeria earlier this week to learn about the art of making pizza and training fighters. An impromptu pizza-making competition even broke out with his prized pupil, Frankie Edgar.
Frankie Edgar made it clear at the recent UFC 200 press conference in Las Vegas that he thinks his upcoming fight against Jose Aldo should be for the real belt, not the interim title. He doesn’t think Conor McGregor is ever coming back to the 145-pound division.
Frankie Edgar and his management team are clearly looking at the silver lining of his interim title fight at UFC 200.
Edgar (20-4-1 MMA, 14-4-1 UFC), a former lightweight champion who’s emerged as a top featherweight contender with is current five-fight winning streak, rematches ex-champ Jose Aldo (25-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) at UFC 200, as officials announced on Wednesday.
The pay-per-view bout, which takes place July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, comes with some notable stakes. Aldo, who’s ranked No. 2 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, meets No. 3-ranked Edgar for an interim 145-pound title.
Now, Edgar again finds himself playing McGregor matchmaker, trying to convince the Irish featherweight champ and the UFC that he’s the best possible opponent.
“We’ve seen the Aldo show already,” Edgar said today on MMAjunkie Radio. “People watch fights because they’re interested in seeing who can win, and they don’t know the outcome. They’ve seen that already.”
Less so, he said it would be hard not to give Aldo the first shot at him.
“I don’t know if (McGregor) feels more comfortable because he knows he just beat (Aldo) the way he did,” Edgar said. “I don’t want to say scared, or coward, or whatever, but I just think that I’m the fight that would prove the doubters wrong.
“Now he has doubters. He always had haters. Now, after a performance like that, he’s going to have even more haters. You want to prove those people wrong? Come in here and beat me. He does that, he’s going to silence those doubters. He goes and beats Aldo, he’s not going to silence anybody. People are still going to question him against me.”
Edgar has pushed for a fight against McGregor since the two came close to a booking this past July at UFC 189, when Aldo was forced from the card with an injury and the UFC sought a replacement.