After suffering a truly humbling defeat to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 on the weekend, Conor McGregor has to sit down and decide what's next.
The Irish superstar's stock may have lost a bit of its value after tapping out to Diaz in the middle of the Octagon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night, but he is still the reigning UFC Featherweight Champion.
That's a title that McGregor has to defend sooner rather than later, and after his defeat, there is no end of contenders coming up to try and kick him while he's down. Frankie Edgar is the latest in that line, taking a shot at Conor as he sent out a challenge.
According to Brett Okamoto of ESPN's MMA page, McGregor is likely to defend that Featherweight strap at UFC 200 in July, and Edgar has absolutely let it be known that he wants a piece of 'The Notorious'.
"If he's got balls, he'll pick me."
"It's easier to go in there and fight a guy you know you handled, you know you beat," Edgar said to ESPN.com. "But if he wants to come back after that loss to Nate and prove the doubters wrong, silence these rumblings about his ground game? He'll fight me.
"If he beats me, no one can say anything. That would almost erase the loss to Nate."
Edgar has been chasing McGregor for a while now, originally thinking that he would have gotten a shot at the 27-year-old after beating Chad Mendes inside the first round of their clash at "The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale" back in December.
Unhappy with Dana
However, Edgar spoke to Dana White after UFC 196 and didn't get the response he anticipated, so is suitably annoyed.
"The response I got from Dana after UFC 196 was the same response I've been getting since the Mendes fight," Edgar revealed.
"I just don't see how I'm not the clear choice. He told me, 'You get what you want' back in December. Well, I didn't get what I wanted."
"Now, McGregor is coming back to 145 and you're telling me I'm not getting what I want again? I think that's bullshit."
Whoever McGregor does face, it's sure to be a good encounter. Will McGregor continue to rule the Featherweight division or has he peaked? We'll have to wait to find out.