No title for Frankie Edgar, paving the way for Sterling vs Yan

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Dana White was nebulous than a magic 8-ball after UFC on ESPN 15 when it came to fighting the ads. Avoiding any solid “Yes” for the most part, we got plenty of “Likely” and “Very Likely” responses in Saturday’s post-event press conference. “Probably” regarding Tony Ferguson vs. Dustion Poirier, then “Very likely” regarding the next bantamweight title challenger Petr Yan.

Unfortunately for Frankie Edgar, it won’t be him due to his courageous split-decision victory over Pedro Munhoz in the main event (watch the highlights here).

“There are things that need to be played out and there are people ahead of him,” White said. “He did a good performance tonight and got into a good position, but… he has work to do there… Two [more fights] or one, we don’t know, it depends on who he fights next.

This is very good news for Aljamain Sterling, who has been the No. 1 candidate in the bantamweight consensus according to just about everyone BUT White. After weeks of waffles and “Ask Again Later” responses, the UFC president has finally given Sterling his due.

“It will more than likely be Sterling,” he told Heidi Androl on the ESPN + post-show.

A very happy-sounding Sterling took to Twitter to celebrate the slight recognition.

Of course, that all depends on the ability of the UFC to sign Yan and Sterling on the dotted line. We’re sure Yan’s management probably want a more bankable name that doesn’t risk dragging him to the mat and dominating him with wrestling. And we’re sure Sterling wants to get paid, which the UFC is surprisingly reluctant to do when it comes to underweight contenders (example: Henry Cejudo takes a pay cut to take on Demetrious Johnson).

Hopefully the UFC manages to put the pieces together, because that would be a hell of a year-end silliness.

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