Frankie Edgar

The Answer

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Struggles continue in NYC
BantamweightUFC
November 6, 2021
Edgar lost to Marlon Vera via KO (front kick) at 3:50 of Round 3 at UFC 268 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
Father Time is undefeated, and it sure appears as if Edgar is his latest victim. Frankie controlled the first six or seven minutes on the strength of his wrestling, but he appeared to tire as the fight progressed, and Vera was able to methodically overwhelm him on the feet. It also didn't help that Vera appeared to be literally twice Edgar's size. The finish came when Frankie ate a front kick to his jaw that dropped him. He was upset with the immediate stoppage of referee Todd Anderson, but it was clear as day Edgar was done. Frankie turned 40 years of age this past October. He is 2-5 since March 2018, and 1-2 since dropping down to bantamweight about a year and a half ago. Edgar is a sure-fire Hall of Famer, but he may have reached the end of the line. If he and the UFC do agree to run him back out there, they need to be exceedingly careful regarding who they match Edgar up against.
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Fighting at UFC 268
BantamweightUFC
August 28, 2021
Edgar will fight Marlon Vera in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 268 in November.
ANALYSIS
Edgar lost his last fight just 28 seconds into Round 1 versus Cory Sandhagen due to a flying knee. It'll be a nine-month gap between fights by the time Edgar takes on Vera, with the latter holding two-inch advantages in both height and reach.
Lasts 28 seconds in co-main event
BantamweightUFC
February 6, 2021
Edgar lost to Cory Sandhagen via KO (flying knee) at 0:28 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
MMA can be a cruel, cruel sport if a fighter doesn't walk away when it's their time, and we are getting dangerously close to that area for "The Answer" (if we aren't there already). Edgar, at age 39, is now 2-5 in his past seven fights dating back to March 2018. Frankie could probably still be reasonably effective if the UFC is careful regarding who they match him up against, but the days of tossing Edgar inside the Octagon against young, up-and-coming studs like Sandhagen came and went years ago. The UFC roster is deeper than ever before. Surely they can, and must, do better. Hopefully Frankie takes his time and regroups and we see him again in a bit more reasonable situation.
Pair against Cory Sandhagen
BantamweightUFC
December 18, 2020
Edgar will take on Cory Sandhagen in a bantamweight matchup on Feb. 6, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The matchup had originally been scheduled back in January of this year, but Edgar was called away to serve as an injury replacement against Chan Sung Jung, who defeated him by TKO. He since rebounded from that loss with a split decision win over Pedro Munhoz in August. Sandhagen is also entering the match having recently rebounded from a loss with a win of his own, as he was submitted in the first round by Aljamain Sterling in June before beating Marlon Moraes by second-round TKO in October.
Huge win in bantamweight debut
BantamweightUFC
August 22, 2020
Edgar defeated Pedro Munhoz via split decision (48-47, 46-49, 48-47) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Whether or not Edgar deserved this decision is one thing (it was that close), but regardless, you had to be impressed with the showing from the soon-to-be 39-year-old in his bantamweight debut. After spending the first 15-plus years of his storied career at lightweight and featherweight, Frankie dropped down to 135 pounds on Saturday and went toe-to-toe with one of the best fighters in the division. Edgar absorbed a bit too much punishment on the feet, but virtually all of Munhoz's offense was one-and-done. On the other hand, Frankie continued to string together combinations and get out of dodge. Edgar attempted seven takedowns, landing two of them. It was a solid, all-around showing from Frankie against a high-level opponent. Edgar isn't getting any younger -- both he and the UFC know that -- so expect Frankie to get right back in the Octagon as soon as he's medically cleared to do so. Meanwhile, the veteran will take home an extra $50,000 for his efforts here after this matchup was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Makes weight for BW debut
BantamweightUFC
August 21, 2020
Edgar weighed in at 136 pounds for his bantamweight debut Saturday against Pedro Munhoz.
ANALYSIS
After avoiding big weight cuts for most of his UFC career, Edgar was one of the first few fighters on the scales Friday morning and hit his mark without issue. Edgar will enter Saturday's debut with a three-inch reach advantage, but executing his wrestling game will be key if he wishes to snap out of a two-fight losing streak. He currently sits as a (+225) underdog for the main-event matchup.