Frankie Edgar
The Answer


Injury Wrist
Est. Return 1/1/2020
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.
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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.
Recovered from biceps injury
April 17, 2019
Edgar claims to be fully recovered from a torn biceps injury that cost him the second half of 2018, ESPN's Brett Okamoto reports.
Edgar took a big risk in early-2018, as he was lined up for a title shot against Max Holloway, but the fight was called off after Holloway needed to withdraw. He proceeded to stay active and accepted a fight against Brian Ortega, but after losing in the first round, it was Ortega who instead got the next shot at Holloway. Edgar bounced back with a win over Cub Swanson, and while he had to pull out of a November fight against Chan Sung Jung, Edgar believes he is next in line for a shot at Holloway's belt. His logic makes sense, but it remains to be seen if UFC brass sees eye to eye.
Out of UFC Denver
October 27, 2018
Edgar will no longer face Chan Sung Jung at UFC Denver on Nov. 10 after withdrawing due to an undisclosed injury, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
While the exact nature of the injury is undisclosed, Edgar is not expected to require surgery, and is hopeful for a return in early-2019. In the meantime, Yair Rodriguez will step in on short notice to take on The Korean Zombie.
To headline UFC Denver against The Korean Zombie
July 20, 2018
Edgar will take on Chan Sung Jung in the main event of UFC Denver on Nov. 10, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Edgar is 2-2 in his last four fights, but the veteran should enter as the betting favorite in this one. He'll be taking on "The Korean Zombie," who has fought just once in the last five years due to injury and his mandatory military service. The injury was a serious one too, as Jung suffered both a torn ACL and MCL after his win over Dennis Bermudez which cost him almost 18 months on the shelf. Edgar may throw slightly less volume than Jung, but he owns a superior striking defense and takedown averages. He'll be conceding a four-inch reach advantage, however.