Frankie Edgar

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Frankie Edgar
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Frankie Edgar in 2012
BornFrank James Edgar
(1981-10-16) October 16, 1981 (age 39)
Toms River, New Jersey, United States
Nickname(s)The Answer
Nationality American
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
Division Lightweight (2005–2012)
Featherweight (2013–2019)
Bantamweight (2020–present)
Reach68 in (173 cm) [1]
Style Boxing, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Toms River, New Jersey, United States
TeamRicardo Almeida BJJ
KHK MMA Fight Team [2] [3]
Trainer Boxing: Mark Henry
Wrestling: Steve Rivera
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Ricardo Almeida, Renzo Gracie
Muay Thai: Ajarn Phil Nurse
Rank1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Almeida [4]
Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestling [5]
Years active2005–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total34
Wins24
By knockout7
By submission4
By decision13
Losses9
By knockout3
By decision6
Draws1
Amateur record
Total1
Wins1
By knockout1
Other information
University Clarion University of Pennsylvania
SpouseRenee
Children3
Notable school(s) Toms River High School East
Website frankieedgar.com
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Frank James Edgar (born October 16, 1981) is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the bantamweight of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the former UFC lightweight champion. [6] After capturing and defending his lightweight title multiple times, Edgar competed at featherweight, challenging for the UFC Featherweight Championship on three occasions. [7] He also competed in collegiate wrestling out of the Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he was a four-time NCAA Division I National qualifier. [8] As of February 9, 2021, he is #7 in the UFC bantamweight rankings [9]

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Early life

Edgar was born and raised in Toms River, New Jersey, on October 16, 1981, to Mary ( née Annese) and Frank Edgar. [10] He wrestled at Toms River High School East, making it to the New Jersey state championship tournament on three occasions, placing second as a junior and fifth as a senior. He is the oldest of 3 children and went on to compete in the NHSCA Senior Nationals, placing second before he finished high school. Edgar continued wrestling at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he qualified for the nationals all four years there. [11] He is also an assistant coach for the Rutgers University wrestling team. [12] Edgar is of predominantly Italian descent, with an Italian-born mother, stepfather and paternal grandfather, but he also has some German ancestry on his biological father's side as well. [13]

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Edgar entered his first mixed martial arts fight with only a few weeks of training outside of his wrestling background. Edgar originally trained with Rob Guarino of Rhino Fight Team, but today he is part of the Gracie system under Ricardo Almeida in Hamilton, New Jersey, who is part of the Gracie Barra team. Since seventh grade Edgar has wrestled with Steve Rivera at Elite Wrestling NJ [14] in Jackson, New Jersey. His boxing trainer is Mark Henry of Millstone, New Jersey.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Edgar amassed a 5–0 record before trying out for season five of The Ultimate Fighter. Edgar tried out in front of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White and matchmaker Joe Silva, but was not selected to be on the show. [15] However, a month later the UFC contacted Edgar and asked if he would accept a fight with fellow undefeated fighter Tyson Griffin at UFC 67. Griffin caught Edgar in a deep kneebar at the end of the fight, but Edgar refused to tap and lasted out the remainder of the round to win by unanimous decision. The fight has been frequently rebroadcast on UFC Unleashed.

Edgar followed up with a first-round TKO victory over Mark Bocek at UFC 73. He made his main card debut at UFC 78 against veteran fighter Spencer Fisher and won via unanimous decision.

Edgar suffered his first loss at UFC Fight Night 13 against Gray Maynard. This fight marked the first bout of a series. Maynard used his size and wrestling skill to overpower Edgar en route to a unanimous decision. Edgar rebounded with another Fight of the Night victory against Hermes França at UFC Fight Night 14. Edgar then defeated former UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk, outworking him all three rounds to earn the unanimous decision victory over the stronger and heavier fighter.

Edgar was expected to face Kurt Pellegrino on December 5, 2009, at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale, [16] but Pellegrino was forced to withdraw due to an injury. [17] Matt Veach was named as Pellegrino's replacement, moving up from an undercard bout. [18] After being on the defensive for most of the first round, Edgar became the aggressor in the second round by punishing Veach with strikes, Ultimately knocking Veach down with a straight right, Edgar then proceeded to take Veach's back and finishing him with a rear naked choke at 2:22 into the second round. [19]

UFC Lightweight Champion

At UFC 112, Edgar was matched against Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn. After a long, back-and-forth, predominantly standing fight, the judges' scorecards were called on for a decision. The scores were (50–45, 49–46 and 48–47) in favor of Edgar. The unanimous decision win awarded him the UFC Lightweight Championship. [20] 8 of 9 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Penn. [21]

On June 24, 2010, ESPN announced Edgar as a nominee for Best Upset of the Year at the 2010 ESPY Awards. [22]

The bout at UFC 112 was deemed close enough that Edgar's first title defense took the form of a UFC 118 rematch against Penn on August 28, 2010. [23] Edgar defeated Penn via unanimous decision to retain the UFC Lightweight Championship, this time with no controversy after taking Penn down multiple times and out-striking him throughout all five rounds. All three judges scored the bout 50–45 for Edgar, [24] [25] making him the second fighter to defeat Penn in the Lightweight division [26] (the other being Jens Pulver) and the second fighter ever to beat Penn twice (the other being Georges St-Pierre).

Edgar's next title defense was against Gray Maynard, the only man to have defeated Edgar, in a rematch from UFC Fight Night 13. Maynard earned the #1 contender spot at UFC 118 with a win over Kenny Florian. [27] The bout took place on January 1, 2011, at UFC 125, with the fight ending in a split draw (48–46 Maynard, 48–46 Edgar and 47–47). In the first round of the bout, Maynard dropped Edgar multiple times, but Edgar would survive. His fight with Maynard marks the third time in UFC history that a championship fight ended as a draw.

During the UFC 125 post-fight press conference, it was announced that Edgar's next opponent would be Anthony Pettis, the final WEC Lightweight Champion. However, less than two hours later UFC president Dana White announced a change of plans. Edgar was then scheduled to fight Gray Maynard for the third time [28] at UFC 130. [29] Dana White confirmed on May 9, 2011, that both Edgar and Maynard had sustained injuries and that their bout was pulled from event. [30] The fight was rescheduled as the main event of UFC 136. [31] After a similar first round to their bout at UFC 125, Edgar won via KO [32] at 3:54 of round 4, earning Knockout of the Night honors.

Edgar faced Benson Henderson on February 26, 2012, at UFC 144. [33] Henderson defeated Edgar via unanimous decision to become the new UFC Lightweight Champion. [34] Both participants earned Fight of the Night honors for their performance. [35]

A rematch with Henderson took place on August 11, 2012, at UFC 150. [36] In a bout that was very tightly contested, Henderson defeated Edgar again, this time via split decision. [37]

Move to featherweight division

On the August 21, 2012, edition of UFC Tonight it was revealed that Edgar had announced his intentions to move to the featherweight division. [38]

Edgar was briefly linked to a December 2012 bout with Ricardo Lamas, but it was scrapped after Edgar replaced the injured Erik Koch to face champion José Aldo on October 13, 2012, at UFC 153 [39] [40] On September 11, Aldo pulled out of the match with a foot injury. [41]

The bout with Aldo was rescheduled for UFC 156, where Edgar lost to Aldo via a unanimous decision. Both men earned Fight of the Night honors for their performances.

Edgar faced Charles Oliveira on July 6, 2013, at UFC 162 in his first non-title bout since 2009. [42] Edgar won via unanimous decision snapping his three fight losing streak. Both fighters received Fight of the Night honors.

On September 11, 2013, the UFC announced during UFC Tonight, that Edgar would coach against former two-time opponent, B.J. Penn for the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter. [43] The season aired on Fox Sports 1, and the two coaches faced each other for the third time on July 6, 2014, at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale. [44] Edgar won the one-sided bout by TKO in the third round. [45]

Edgar next faced Cub Swanson on November 22, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 57. [46] Edgar dominated the fight and finished Swanson in the fifth round via submission with only 4 seconds left in the fight. [47] The win also earned Edgar his first Performance of the Night bonus award. [48]

A long speculated "superfight" with former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber took place on May 16, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 66. After speculation as to what weight class the bout was to be contested, either Featherweight, Bantamweight or at a catchweight of somewhere in between, it was announced that the bout would be contested at Featherweight. [49] [50] [51] Edgar won the fight via unanimous decision. [52]

Edgar faced Chad Mendes on December 11, 2015, at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale. [53] Edgar won the fight by knockout in the first round. [54] The win also earned Edgar his second Performance of the Night bonus award. [55]

Edgar next faced José Aldo in a rematch on July 9, 2016, at UFC 200 for the interim UFC Featherweight Championship. [56] Aldo again defeated Edgar via unanimous decision. [57]

Edgar faced Jeremy Stephens on November 12, 2016, at UFC 205. [58] He won the fight via unanimous decision despite being knocked down by a head kick in the second round. [59]

Edgar faced Yair Rodríguez on May 13, 2017, at UFC 211. [60] After a dominant first two rounds, Edgar won the fight via TKO due to doctor stoppage between the second and third rounds due to the swelling on the left eye of Rodríguez. Edgar dedicated this fight to his teammate Nick Catone and his wife Marjorie who lost their baby the same week. [61]

Edgar was scheduled to face Max Holloway on December 2, 2017, at UFC 218; [62] however, on November 8, 2017, he pulled out from the fight, citing injury. [63] The pairing with Holloway was rescheduled and was expected to take place on March 3, 2018, at UFC 222. [64] In turn, Holloway pulled out of this bout on February 3, due to a leg injury and the matchup was scrapped. [65] Edgar eventually faced Brian Ortega on the card. [66] Edgar lost the fight via knockout in the first round, the first stoppage loss of his career. [67]

Edgar faced Cub Swanson in a rematch on April 21, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 128. [68] He won the fight via unanimous decision. [69]

Edgar was scheduled to face Chan Sung Jung on November 10, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 139. [70] However, it was reported on October 26, 2018 that Edgar was pulled from the bout due to a torn bicep muscle and he was replaced by Yair Rodríguez. [71]

A bout against Max Holloway was scheduled a third time and eventually took place on July 27, 2019 in the main event at UFC 240. [72] Edgar lost the fight via unanimous decision. [73]

Edgar was scheduled to face Cory Sandhagen in a bantamweight bout on January 25, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 166. [74] However, Edgar was removed from that bout in favour of featherweight pairing against Chan Sung Jung a month earlier at UFC on ESPN+ 23 after Jung's original opponent, Brian Ortega, pulled out due to injury. [75] Edgar lost the fight via technical knockout in the first round. [76]

Move to Bantamweight

With one fight left on his contract, Edgar signed a new, multi-fight contract with the UFC. [77]

Edgar was scheduled to make his bantamweight debut and face Pedro Munhoz on July 15, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 172. [78] However, on July 6, 2020, it was announced that Munhoz was pulled from the bout after testing positive for COVID-19. [79] The pairing was rescheduled and took place on August 22, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 15. [80] Edgar won the back-and-forth fight via split decision. [81] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award. [82]

Edgar Faced Cory Sandhagen at UFC Fight Night 184 on February 6, 2021. [83] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round. [84]

Career outside UFC

KHK MMA Fight Team

Edgar is signed as a part of KHK MMA Fight Team, a Bahrain-based stable of international and Bahraini fighters financially backed by team founder Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports in the Kingdom of Bahrain. [85] Bahrain hosted the training camp ahead of his main event clash with Chad Mendes in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale. [86]

Career as commentator

On December 21, 2016, [87] Edgar signed with Brave Combat Federation to make his on-camera debut as a color commentator. His first event commentating was Brave 3: Battle in Brazil, [88] on March 18, 2017. For the occasion, Frankie joined Cyrus Fees, Brave's play-by-play commentator in calling the 10-bout fight card hosted in Curitiba, Brazil.

Personal life

Edgar and his wife, Tammy, were married ten days after UFC Fight Night 13. The have two sons—Francesco (born in January 2009) [89] and Santino James (born in May 2010). [90] They also have one daughter—Valentina (born in June 2014). [91]

Edgar is a resident of Toms River, New Jersey. [92]

Edgar was a featured fighter on True Life: I'm a Mixed Martial Artist leading up to his first fight with Maynard. [93] Edgar appears in all three "UFC Undisputed" video games (2009, 2010, UFC Undisputed 3) and also EA Sports UFC, EA Sports UFC 2, EA Sports UFC 3 and EA Sports UFC 4.

Edgar was featured as a ringside commentator for the third edition of Brave Combat Federation in Curitiba, Brazil. [94]

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
34 matches24 wins9 losses
By knockout73
By submission40
By decision136
Draws1
Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Loss24–9–1 Cory Sandhagen KO (flying knee) UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Volkov February 6, 202110:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win24–8–1 Pedro Munhoz Decision (split) UFC on ESPN: Munhoz vs. Edgar August 22, 202055:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesBantamweight debut. Fight of the Night.
Loss23–8–1 Chan Sung Jung TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Korean Zombie December 21, 201913:18 Busan, South Korea
Loss23–7–1 Max Holloway Decision (unanimous) UFC 240 July 27, 201955:00 Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaFor the UFC Featherweight Championship.
Win23–6–1 Cub Swanson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee April 21, 201835:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss22–6–1 Brian Ortega KO (punch) UFC 222 March 3, 201814:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win22–5–1 Yair Rodríguez TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 211 May 13, 201725:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win21–5–1 Jeremy Stephens Decision (unanimous) UFC 205 November 12, 201635:00 New York City, New York, United States
Loss20–5–1 José Aldo Decision (unanimous) UFC 200 July 9, 201655:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFor the interim UFC Featherweight Championship.
Win20–4–1 Chad Mendes KO (punch) The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber Finale December 11, 201512:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesPerformance of the Night.
Win19–4–1 Urijah Faber Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber May 16, 201555:00 Pasay, Philippines
Win18–4–1 Cub Swanson Submission (neck crank) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson November 22, 201454:56 Austin, Texas, United StatesPerformance of the Night.
Win17–4–1 B.J. Penn TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Finale July 6, 201434:16 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win16–4–1 Charles Oliveira Decision (unanimous) UFC 162 July 6, 201335:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFight of the Night.
Loss15–4–1 José Aldo Decision (unanimous) UFC 156 February 2, 201355:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFeatherweight debut. For the UFC Featherweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Loss15–3–1 Benson Henderson Decision (split) UFC 150 August 11, 201255:00 Denver, Colorado, United StatesFor the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Loss15–2–1 Benson Henderson Decision (unanimous) UFC 144 February 26, 201255:00 Saitama, JapanLost the UFC Lightweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win15–1–1 Gray Maynard KO (punches) UFC 136 October 8, 201143:54 Houston, Texas, United StatesDefended the UFC Lightweight Championship. Knockout of the Night.
Draw14–1–1 Gray Maynard Draw (split) UFC 125 January 1, 201155:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesRetained the UFC Lightweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win14–1 B.J. Penn Decision (unanimous) UFC 118 August 28, 201055:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United StatesDefended the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Win13–1 B.J. Penn Decision (unanimous) UFC 112 April 10, 201055:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab EmiratesWon the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Win12–1 Matt Veach Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale December 5, 200922:22 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFight of the Night.
Win11–1 Sean Sherk Decision (unanimous) UFC 98 May 23, 200935:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win10–1 Hermes França Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin July 19, 200835:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFight of the Night.
Loss9–1 Gray Maynard Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon April 2, 200835:00 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win9–0 Spencer Fisher Decision (unanimous) UFC 78 November 17, 200735:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win8–0 Mark Bocek TKO (punches) UFC 73 July 7, 200714:55 Sacramento, California, United States
Win7–0 Tyson Griffin Decision (unanimous) UFC 67 February 3, 200735:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFight of the Night.
Win6–0 Jim Miller Decision (unanimous)Reality Fighting 14November 18, 200635:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesWon the Reality Fighting Lightweight Championship.
Win5–0 Deividas Taurosevičius Decision (unanimous)Reality Fighting 13: Battle at the BeachAugust 5, 200635:00 Wildwood, New Jersey, United States
Win4–0Steve McCabeSubmission (guillotine choke)Ring of Combat 10April 14, 200612:37 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win3–0Jerome IsipTechnical Submission (rear-naked choke)SportFighting 2December 10, 200513:26 Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
Win2–0Mark GettoTKO (punches)Ring of Combat 9October 29, 200514:21 Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States
Win1–0Eric UreskTKO (punches)Underground Combat LeagueJuly 10, 200513:38 The Bronx, New York, United States

[101]

NCAA Record

NCAA Championships Matches
Res.RecordOpponentScoreDateEvent
2005 NCAA Championships at 141 lbs
Loss2–6Casio Pero4–6 OTMarch 18, 2005 2005 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
Loss2–5Nate Gallick5–10
Win2–4Ronald Tarquinio4–2
Win1–4Alex TsirtsisMajor 10–2
2004 NCAA Championships at 141 lbs
Loss0–4Cory CoopermanMajor 3–12March 18, 2004 2004 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship
Loss0–3Doug McGraw3–4
2003 NCAA Championships at 141 lbs
Loss0–2Ronaldo Tarquinio3–5March 20, 2003 2003 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship
Loss0–1Jason Mester2–3

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Achievements
Preceded by
B.J. Penn
4th UFC Lightweight Champion
April 10, 2010 – February 26, 2012
Succeeded by
Benson Henderson