weather icon Mostly Cloudy

Overlooked Frankie Edgar throws hat in heavyweight ring

Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar is one of two featherweight contenders who has yet to compete against current 145-pound champion Max Holloway.

Edgar believes it’s time to change that.

“I think everybody knows (the next title shot) should go to me,” Edgar told ESPN last week. “Even the guys who want the shot, you (hear) them say, ‘Well, I know Frankie should get it, but …’ Alexander Volkanovski is fighting Jose Aldo in a few weeks and that may have an impact, but I think everybody knows it’s me. I’ve worked my entire career for it to be me.”

Volkanovski is the other contender who has yet to step in the cage with Holloway, who is expected to return to featherweight after challenging Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight title earlier this month.

He will be able to make a better case should he beat Aldo, but Edgar believes it’s his turn again.

Edgar, 37, has lost twice to Aldo in title bouts. He has won three of his last four fights, however, and is 8-1 in non-title bouts at featherweight.

The New Jersey native was supposed to fight Holloway for the belt in March 2018, but Holloway was sidelined because of a medical issue during fight week when he slurred his words during several interviews. Edgar instead fought late-replacement Brian Ortega and suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

“The fact I put it on the line the last time Max and I were supposed to meet up, that holds some weight,” Edgar argued. “I know the UFC likes to reward people who are willing to just let it fly. I’ve done that my whole career. I’m ready for that reward.”

Harris sanctioned

UFC heavyweight Walt Harris accepted a four-month suspension after testing positive for a prohibited substance because of a contaminated supplement, USADA announced Monday.

The 35-year-old provided a urine sample during an in-competition test on Dec. 29 in California that showed the presence of an anabolic agent on the prohibited list.

Harris cooperated with the investigation and provided samples of the dietary supplements he was using at the time. Independent analysis on a sample he provided, as well as an unopened package of the same supplement, showed the presence of a prohibited substance not on the label, which is regarded as a contamination.

Harris was suspended four months and fined $4,000 by the California State Athletic Commission, which USADA concluded was appropriate discipline.

Till settles claim

UFC welterweight Darren Till and several friends were arrested in Spain’s Canary Islands over the weekend for “stealing” a taxi and trashing their hotel rooms.

The group was ordered to reimburse the hotel the equivalent of $9,570 along with a fine of $788.

A report in Spain’s El Dia stated Till and four friends broke furniture and emptied fire extinguishers at their hotel. After they were thrown out, they attempted to get rooms at another hotel and were denied.

Former UFC fighter killed

Rodrigo de Lima, a former light heavyweight in the UFC, was killed by a rideshare driver in Belem, Brazil following a dispute.

De Lima was a passenger in a vehicle that also included UFC welterweight Michel Parzeres when an argument broke out before they exited the car.

The driver allegedly returned and plowed into de Lima, who has a wife and two children.


Former standout NFL defensive lineman Greg Hardy will make his return to the UFC cage Saturday night in Miami when he fights heavyweight Dmitrii Smoliakov on the UFC on ESPN 3 card in Sunrise, Florida.

Hardy was 3-0 as a pro before losing his UFC debut in January by disqualification.

Middleweight contender Ronaldo “Jacare’ Souza will fight late-replacement Jack Hermansson in the main event a card that will air on ESPN.

More MMA: Follow at CoveringTheCage.com and @RJ_Sports on Twitter.

Contact Adam Hill at ahill@reviewjournal.com or 702-277-8028. Follow @AdamHillLVRJ on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Covering The Cage Videos
Greg Hardy, former NFL star, on MMA knockout
The former NFL star needed just 17 seconds to score a knockout on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series (Adam Hill/Review-Journal)
Marlon Moraes says Henry Cejudo will regret stepping up to bantamweight - VIDEO
UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo is coming up to the bantamweight division to battle Marlon Moraes for the vacant belt on June 8 at UFC 238. Moraes said Cejudo will regret going after a second title in a new division and added that he thinks his path will cross with former champion TJ Dillashaw in the future.
Paige VanZant details her arm injury, when she can return - VIDEO
UFC strawweight Paige VanZant was briefly linked to fight at UFC 236, but had to withdraw from the bout due to a broken arm. As a guest on the RJ Ringside Podcast, she detailed the injury and also spoke about joining the M-1 Global booth as a color commentator.
UFC 236 Press Conference Highlights
UFC 236 will feature a pair of interim title fights. In the main event, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will face lightweight contender Dustin Poirier and middleweights Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum will collide in the co-main event. UFC 236 will take place in Atlanta, Ga., on Apr. 13.
Jon Jones retains light heavyweight belt at UFC 235 - VIDEO
Jon Jones retained the UFC light heavyweight belt when he earned a decision over Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235.
Kamaru Usman crowned new champ at UFC 235 — VIDEO
Kamaru Usman became the first African-born fighter to claim a UFC belt when he defeated Tyron Woodley to become the promotion's new welterweight champion.
UFC 235 Official Weigh-in Results - VIDEO
All 24 fighters competing at UFC 235 at the T-Mobile Arena on March 2 stepped on the scale prior for the official fight card weigh-ins. All four fighters competing in the title bouts slated for the event made weight.
UFC's Jones says he has no shame after recent drug test results are released - VIDEO
Though recent drug test results still show trace amounts of Turinabol in his system, UFC light heayvweight champion Jon Jones says he has no shame and is hiding nothing as he prepares for his UFC 235 title bout against Anthony Smith.
Anthony Smith stays level-headed prior to UFC 235 title fight - VIDEO
Despite UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones being in the spotlight for drug test discrepancies and other outside the cage struggles, Anthony Smith says he is tuning out the noise and remaining focused on the challenge of beating the reigning champion in the cage.
UFC 235 Media Day Highlights
Highlights and staredowns from the top three fights on the UFC 235 fight card taking place at the T-Mobile Arena on March 2.
Dustin Poirier beats up Max Holloway at UFC 236

Dustin Poirier bloodied Max Holloway and won a unanimous decision for the UFC interim lightweight title on Saturday night, denying Holloway his chance to become only the fourth fighter to hold two belts at the same time.

Poirier bloodies Holloway, wins UFC interim lightweight belt

Dustin Poirier bloodied Max Holloway and won a unanimous decision for the UFC interim lightweight title on Saturday night, denying Holloway his chance to become only the fourth fighter to hold two belts at the same time.

UFC star Paige VanZant ready to stand up to online critics

The multi-tasking 25-year-old women’s flyweight contender feels she needs to make it clear some of the comments aren’t acceptable: “I think I need to say, ‘Hey, you guys are being (expletives) and it needs to stop.’”