Frank James Edgar (born October 16, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist, who competes as a Featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is a former UFC Lightweight Champion. He holds notable victories over former world champions Sean Sherk, Hermes França, B.J. Penn (x3), Urijah Faber as well as top featherweight contenders Cub Swanson (x2) and Chad Mendes.  As of November 11, 2019, he is #5 in the UFC featherweight rankings.
Frankie Edgar in August 2012
|Born||Frank James Edgar|
October 16, 1981
Toms River, New Jersey, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)|
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
|Style||Boxing, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai|
|Fighting out of||Toms River, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Team||Ricardo Almeida BJJ|
KHK MMA Fight Team
|Trainer||Boxing: Mark Henry|
Wrestling: Steve Rivera
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Ricardo Almeida, Renzo Gracie
Muay Thai: Kru Phil Nurse
|Rank||1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Almeida|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Clarion University of Pennsylvania|
|Notable school(s)||Toms River High School East|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
- 1 Early life
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Career outside UFC
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
- 6 Mixed martial arts record
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Frank James Edgar was born and raised in Toms River, New Jersey, on October 16, 1981, to Mary (née Annese) and Frank Edgar. 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. He is also an assistant coach for the Rutgers University wrestling team. 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.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
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 in Jackson, New Jersey. His boxing trainer is Mark Henry of Millstone, New Jersey.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
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. 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 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, but Pellegrino was forced to withdraw due to an injury. Matt Veach was named as Pellegrino's replacement, moving up from an undercard bout.  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.
UFC Lightweight ChampionEdit
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. 8 of 9 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Penn.
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. 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, making him the second fighter to defeat Penn in the Lightweight division (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. 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 at UFC 130. Dana White confirmed on May 9, 2011, that both Edgar and Maynard had sustained injuries and that their bout was pulled from event. The fight was rescheduled as the main event of UFC 136. After a similar first round to their bout at UFC 125, Edgar won via KO at 3:54 of round 4, earning Knockout of the Night honors.
Edgar faced Benson Henderson on February 26, 2012, at UFC 144. Henderson defeated Edgar via unanimous decision to become the new UFC Lightweight Champion. Both participants earned Fight of the Night honors for their performance.
Move to featherweight divisionEdit
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 On September 11, Aldo pulled out of the match with a foot injury.
The bout with Aldo was rescheduled for UFC 156, where Edgar lost to Aldo via 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. 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. 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. Edgar won the one-sided bout by TKO in the third round.
Edgar next faced Cub Swanson on November 22, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 57. Edgar dominated the fight and finished Swanson in the fifth round via submission with only 4 seconds left in the fight. The win also earned Edgar his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
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. Edgar won the fight via unanimous decision.
Edgar faced Chad Mendes on December 11, 2015, at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale. Edgar won the fight by knockout in the first round. The win also earned Edgar his second Performance of the Night bonus award.
Edgar faced Yair Rodríguez on May 13, 2017, at UFC 211. 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.
Edgar was scheduled to face Max Holloway on December 2, 2017, at UFC 218; however, on November 8, 2017, he pulled out from the fight, citing injury. The pairing with Holloway was rescheduled and is expected to take place on March 3, 2018, at UFC 222. In turn, Holloway pulled out of this bout on February 3, due to a leg injury and the matchup was scrapped. Edgar eventually faced Brian Ortega on the card. Edgar lost the fight via knockout in the first round, the first stoppage loss of his career.
Edgar was scheduled to face Chan Sung Jung on November 10, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 139. 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.
Move to bantamweight divisionEdit
Career outside UFCEdit
KHK MMA Fight TeamEdit
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. Bahrain hosted the training camp ahead of his main event clash with Chad Mendes in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale.
Career as commentatorEdit
On December 21, 2016, 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, 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.
Edgar and his wife, Renee, were married ten days after UFC Fight Night 13. The couple have two sons—Francesco (born in January 2009) and Santino James (born in May 2010). They also have one daughter—Valentina (born in June 2014).
Edgar is a resident of Toms River, New Jersey.
Edgar was a featured fighter on True Life: I'm a Mixed Martial Artist leading up to his first fight with Maynard. Edgar appears in all three "UFC Undisputed" video games (2009, 2010, UFC Undisputed 3) and also EA Sports UFC, EA Sports UFC 2 and EA Sports UFC 3.
Edgar was featured as a ringside commentator for the third edition of Brave Combat Federation in Curitiba, Brazil.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- UFC Lightweight Championship (One time)
- Three successful title defenses
- Fight of the Night (Seven times) vs. Tyson Griffin, Hermes França, Matt Veach, Gray Maynard, Benson Henderson, José Aldo and Charles Oliveira
- Knockout of the Night (One time) vs. Gray Maynard
- Performance of the Night (Two times) vs. Cub Swanson and Chad Mendes
- Reality Fighting
- Reality Fighting Lightweight Championship (One time)
- World MMA Awards
- Fight of the Year (2011) vs. Gray Maynard on January 1
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|30 matches||22 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||22–7–1||Max Holloway||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 240||July 27, 2019||5||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||For the UFC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||22–6–1||Cub Swanson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee||April 21, 2018||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||21–6–1||Brian Ortega||KO (punch)||UFC 222||March 3, 2018||1||4:44||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||21–5–1||Yair Rodríguez||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 211||May 13, 2017||2||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||20–5–1||Jeremy Stephens||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 205||November 12, 2016||3||5:00||New York City, New York, United States|
|Loss||19–5–1||José Aldo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 200||July 9, 2016||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the interim UFC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||19–4–1||Chad Mendes||KO (punch)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber Finale||December 11, 2015||1||2:28||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||18–4–1||Urijah Faber||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber||May 16, 2015||5||5:00||Pasay, Philippines|
|Win||17–4–1||Cub Swanson||Submission (neck crank)||UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson||November 22, 2014||5||4:56||Austin, Texas, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||16–4–1||B.J. Penn||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Finale||July 6, 2014||3||4:16||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–4–1||Charles Oliveira||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 162||July 6, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||14–4–1||José Aldo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 156||February 2, 2013||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Featherweight debut. For the UFC Featherweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||14–3–1||Benson Henderson||Decision (split)||UFC 150||August 11, 2012||5||5:00||Denver, Colorado, United States||For the UFC Lightweight Championship.|
|Loss||14–2–1||Benson Henderson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 144||February 26, 2012||5||5:00||Saitama, Japan||Lost the UFC Lightweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||14–1–1||Gray Maynard||KO (punches)||UFC 136||October 8, 2011||4||3:54||Houston, Texas, United States||Defended the UFC Lightweight Championship. Knockout of the Night.|
|Draw||13–1–1||Gray Maynard||Draw (split)||UFC 125||January 1, 2011||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained the UFC Lightweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||13–1||B.J. Penn||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 118||August 28, 2010||5||5:00||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||Defended the UFC Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||12–1||B.J. Penn||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 112||April 10, 2010||5||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Won the UFC Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||11–1||Matt Veach||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale||December 5, 2009||2||2:22||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||10–1||Sean Sherk||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 98||May 23, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–1||Hermes França||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin||July 19, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||8–1||Gray Maynard||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon||April 2, 2008||3||5:00||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||8–0||Spencer Fisher||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 78||November 17, 2007||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||7–0||Mark Bocek||TKO (punches)||UFC 73||July 7, 2007||1||4:55||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||6–0||Tyson Griffin||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 67||February 3, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||5–0||Jim Miller||Decision (unanimous)||Reality Fighting 14||November 18, 2006||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won the Reality Fighting Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||4–0||Deividas Taurosevičius||Decision (unanimous)||Reality Fighting 13: Battle at the Beach||August 5, 2006||3||5:00||Wildwood, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||3–0||Steve McCabe||Submission (guillotine choke)||Ring of Combat 10||April 14, 2006||1||2:37||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||2–0||Jerome Isip||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||SportFighting 2||December 10, 2005||1||3:26||Hoboken, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||1–0||Mark Getto||TKO (punches)||Ring of Combat 9||October 29, 2005||1||4:21||Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States|
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