Frankie Edgar
The Answer


Steps in for UFC Busan
December 5, 2019
Edgar will now fight Chan Sung Jung in a featherweight matchup for the main event at UFC Busan on Dec. 21, reports.
Edgar is set to make his move to the bantamweight division at UFC Raleigh against Corey Sandhagen in January, but he will step in on short notice for at least one more fight as a featherweight. It's still possible that the 38-year-old will remain on the card for UFC Raleigh so the promotion doesn't have to alter multiple fights. Edgar's most recent fight ended in a loss to Max Holloway via unanimous decision at UFC 240 in July that brought his professional record to 23-7-1. Jung most recently defeated Renato Moicano via TKO (punches) at UFC Greenville in June, and he carries height and reach advantages over Edgar.
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Could step up in Korea
December 5, 2019
Edgar is being considered as a possible replacement option for Brian Ortega at UFC Busan on Dec. 21, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Edgar is already scheduled for a bantamweight matchup against Corey Sandhagen on Jan. 25, so he should be plenty capable of making featherweight on short notice if the promotion decides to go in that direction. Interestingly enough, the UFC doesn't want to alter multiple fights, so Edgar staying on the Jan. 25 card remains an option that's on the table. It would likely depend on his post-UFC Busan medical evaluations, if that plan comes to fruition.
Will fight Cory Sandhagen
November 13, 2019
Edgar (wrist) will face Cory Sandhagen in a bantamweight matchup in a co-main event at UFC Fight Night in Raleigh on Jan. 25, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
The 38-year-old will make his bantamweight debut against Sandhagen, who has won each of his five UFC fights and carries a 12-1 record as a professional fighter. Edgar won the UFC's 155-pound championship in 2010, but now carries a record of 23-7-1 as a professional fighter and is coming off a loss to Max Holloway via unanimous decision in July. Sandhagen carries advantages in height and reach as Edgar prepares to make the first significant weight cut of his career.
Move to bantamweight official
August 7, 2019
Edgar will drop down to bantamweight in advance of his next UFC fight, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Edgar finally got his chance at the featherweight title in July, and while he lasted five rounds against champion Max Holloway, he ultimately lost a one-sided affair. A move down to 135 pounds has long been rumored for Edgar, as he currently doesn't need to cut much weight from his 5-foot-6 frame to make the 145-pound limit. While he has yet to book a fight at bantamweight, his name recognition could easily see him fast-tracked to a matchup with current champion Henry Cejudo when healthy. According to the report, Edgar is hopeful to make his 135-pound debut in November at Madison Square Garden. The first weight cut will be worth monitoring, but Edgar is a disciplined veteran with the resources to hire any nutritional help he may need.
Falls short in bid for title
July 27, 2019
Edgar lost to Max Holloway via unanimous decision (45-50, 45-50, 47-48) at UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Saturday.
Edgar's shot at featherweight gold didn't go like he hoped, as Holloway lit him up with the jab while hitting slide-back counters as "The Answer" tried to get on the inside. While he landed his share of leg kicks and clean right hands, Edgar was never able to swing the momentum in his favor, with Holloway stuffing all but one of his 15 takedown attempts. One has to wonder what's next for Edgar at this point. The future hall-of-famer did enough to make this fight competitive in spots, but it seems likely that this will be the end of his title hopes absent an incredible run. Whatever he does next, Edgar will likely remain as gatekeeper to the very best in the division, as he now holds a professional MMA record of 23-7-1.
Verbal agreement on featherweight title shot
May 13, 2019
Edgar has verbally agreed to fight Max Holloway for the featherweight title at UFC 240 on July 27, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Edgar was scheduled to face Holloway for the title in early 2018, however Holloway was forced to pull out of the fight. Edgar then suffered an early knockout in his next contest, which bumped him out of title contention. He was able to recover nicely, with a unanimous decision victory over Cub Swanson in April of 2018, before suffering a torn bicep injury that forced him to pull out of a fight in October. Now healthy, it seems Edgar will once again have his shot at gold against the champ. Holloway has owned the featherweight division, having won 13 straight contests in the division, however suffered a loss in his most recent fight, an interim-lightweight title bout with Dustin Poirier at UFC 236.