Frankie Edgar was brought in to provide commentary and thoughts on Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 59 card, giving him an up-close-and-personal look at Conor McGregor.
McGregor defeated Dennis Siver in the main event and vaulted himself to the front of the line and a future title fight with UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
Edgar, who topped Cub Swanson last year, was also viewed as a potential contender to the belt.
“Siver just broke my heart,” said Edgar, during the post-fight show on FOX Sports 1. “McGregor looked sharp.
“Conor’s bringing excitement to the division. All of us need to thank him. I don’t want to thank him for taking my title shot, but he’s earned it.”
McGregor’s fought just five times since signing with the UFC two years ago, but has won all five, including recent finishes of Siver, Dustin Poirier and Diego brandao.
As for the upcoming Aldo-McGregor contest, Edgar gave his thoughts, saying “Aldo is a different animal. He has the speed and the length.
“But McGregor was able to get up quickly after being taken down. Now we know about that.”