On Saturday, the UFC announced that UFC featherweight champion, Max Holloway was injured and had to be removed from his headlining fight against former UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar at UFC 222. Just moments after the news, the rumors started to circulate that the UFC was trying to book Edgar vs Brian Ortega for a non-title bout and the UFC was also trying to set up a rematch with TJ Dillashaw against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 222.
It seems like both rumored fights are likely not going to happen.
The issue with Ortega not getting put against Edgar is because Ortega currently has 1-fight left in his current contract and the UFC would likely not put him in such a big fight without signing him to some kind of extension first. It is possible that the UFC and Ortega could work out a deal, but as of right now there is no word on them even talking about a new contract. Ariel Helwani is reporting that an Edgar vs Ortega fight is close to happening but the UFC does not want a non-title fight to headline a UFC card.
Former bantamweight champion, Cody Garbrandt took to social media on Saturday and announced that he signed a contract to fight Dillashaw, but the current champion, Dillashaw was reluctant to sign the contract. Later in the evening, Dillashaw gave the following statement to ESPN’s Brett Okimoto
“It took me two years to get a title shot back, now they want me to defend it on four weeks notice? I have a five week old son. I’m not training, my camp is in California and I’m in Denver right now. And all this to face a guy who doesn’t deserve a rematch to begin with! I lost a split decision to Dominick Cruz when I lost my belt, and the UFC told me they thought I won that fight, and it still took me two years to get it back. I had to wait through Cody’s back injury last year, all of the TUF bullshit. I told the the UFC I’m not doing it. I’m shooting for the DJ fight in July”
Edgar wants to stay on the card and presented this open challenge on Twitter
— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) February 5, 2018
Apparently, Garbrandt is really eager to fight on the card and responded to Edgar’s tweet with the following:
— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) February 6, 2018
UFC fighters Sidney Outlaw and Daniel Hooker also offered to take a fight with Edgar, but Garbrandt is the most likely candidate of the three.
Do you think the UFC will match Edgar vs Garbrandt at UFC 222?