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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 March 5, 2018, Edgar is ranked as the #3 featherweight fighter.[6]

Frankie Edgar
Frankie Edgar.jpg
Edgar in 2012
Born Frank James Edgar
(1981-10-16) October 16, 1981 (age 36)
Toms River, New Jersey, United States
Other names The Answer
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
Division Featherweight (145 Ibs) (2013-present)
Lightweight (155 Ibs) (2005-2012)
Reach 68 in (170 cm)[1]
Style Wrestling, Muay Thai, Boxing, BJJ
Fighting out of Toms River, New Jersey, United States
Team Ricardo Almeida BJJ
KHK MMA Team [2][3]
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[4]
Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestling[5]
Years active 2005 – present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 30
Wins 23
By knockout 7
By submission 4
By decision 12
Losses 6
By knockout 1
By decision 5
Draws 1
Amateur record
Total 1
Wins 1
By knockout 1
Other information
University Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Spouse Renee
Children 3
Notable school(s) Toms River High School East
Website http://www.frankedgar.com/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Contents

Early lifeEdit

Born and raised in Toms River, New Jersey by Frank and Mary Annese,[7] Frankie Edgar 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. Edgar is the oldest of 3 children, Edgar went on to compete in the NHSCA Senior Nationals and placed second before he finished high school. He continued wrestling at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he qualified for the nationals all four years there.[8] Edgar is also an assistant coach for the Rutgers University wrestling team.[9] Frankie 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.[10]

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, NJ, who is part of the Gracie Barra team. Since seventh grade Edgar has wrestled with Steve Rivera at Elite Wrestling NJ[11] in Jackson, NJ. His boxing trainer is Mark Henry of Millstone, NJ.

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.[12] 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: Silva vs. Irvin. 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 on The Ultimate Fighter 10 finale,[13] but Pellegrino was forced to withdraw due to an injury.[14] Matt Veach was named as Pellegrino's replacement, moving up from an undercard bout. [15] 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.[16]

UFC Lightweight ChampionEdit

At UFC 112, Edgar was matched against lightweight champion BJ 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.[17] 8 of 9 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Penn.[18]

On June 24, 2010, ESPN announced Edgar as a nominee for Best Upset of the Year at the 2010 ESPY Awards.[19]

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.[20] 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,[21][22] making him the second fighter to defeat Penn in the lightweight division [23] (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: Florian vs. Lauzon. Maynard earned the #1 contender spot at UFC 118 with a win over Kenny Florian.[24] 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 World Extreme Cagefighting 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[25] at UFC 130.[26] Dana White confirmed on May 9, 2011 that both Edgar and Maynard had sustained injuries and that their bout was pulled from event.[27] The fight was rescheduled as the main event of UFC 136.[28] After a similar first round to their bout at UFC 125, Edgar won via KO[29] at 3:54 of round 4, earning Knockout of the Night honors.

Edgar faced Benson Henderson on February 26, 2012 at UFC 144.[30] Henderson defeated Edgar via unanimous decision to become the new UFC Lightweight Champion.[31] Both participants earned Fight of the Night honors for their performance.[32]

A rematch with Henderson took place on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150.[33] In a bout that was very tightly contested, Henderson defeated Edgar again, this time via split decision.[34]

Move to featherweight divisionEdit

On the August 21, 2012 edition of UFC Tonight, it was revealed that Frankie Edgar had announced his intentions to move to the featherweight division.[35]

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[36][37] On September 11, Aldo pulled out of the match with a foot injury.[38]

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.[39] 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.[40] 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.[41] Edgar won the one-sided bout by TKO in the third round.[42]

Edgar next faced Cub Swanson on November 22, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 57.[43] Edgar dominated the fight and finished Swanson in the fifth round via submission with only 4 seconds left in the fight.[44] The win also earned Edgar his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[45]

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.[46][47][48] Edgar won the fight via unanimous decision.[49]

Edgar faced Chad Mendes on December 11, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale.[50] Edgar won the fight by knockout in the first round.[51] The win also earned Edgar his second Performance of the Night bonus award.[52]

Edgar next faced José Aldo in a rematch on July 9, 2016 at UFC 200 for the interim UFC Featherweight Championship.[53] Aldo again defeated Edgar via unanimous decision.[54]

Edgar faced Jeremy Stephens on November 12, 2016 at UFC 205.[55] He won the fight via unanimous decision despite being knocked down by a head kick in the second round.[56]

Edgar faced Yair Rodríguez on May 13, 2017 at UFC 211.[57] 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.[58]

Edgar was scheduled to face Max Holloway on December 2, 2017 at UFC 218;[59] however, on November 8, 2017, he pulled out from the fight, citing injury.[60] The pairing with Holloway was rescheduled and is expected to take place on March 3, 2018 at UFC 222.[61] In turn, Holloway pulled out of this bout on February 3, due to a leg injury and the matchup was scrapped.[62] Edgar eventually faced Brian Ortega on the card.[63] Edgar lost the fight via knockout in the first round, the first stoppage loss of his career.[64]

Edgar faced Cub Swanson in a rematch on April 21, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 128.[65] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[66]

Career outside UFCEdit

KHK MMA Fight TeamEdit

Frankie 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.[67] Bahrain hosted the training camp ahead of his main event clash with Chad Mendes in Las Vegas, Nevada at the TUF 22 Finale.[68]

Career as commentatorEdit

On December 21, 2016[69] Frankie Edgar signed with Brave Combat Federation to make his on-camera debut as color commentator. Frankie's first event commentating was Brave 3: Battle in Brazil,[70] on March 18, 2017. In the occasion, Frankie joined Cyrus Fees, Brave's play-by-play commentator in the 10-bout fight card hosted in Curitiba, Brazil.

Personal lifeEdit

Edgar and his wife, Renee, were married ten days after UFC Fight Night 13. The couple have two sons— Francesco, born in January 2009,[71] and Santino James, born in May 2010.[72] They also have one daughter— Valentina, born in June 2014.[73]

Edgar is a resident of Toms River, New Jersey.[74]

Edgar was a featured fighter on True Life: I'm a Mixed Martial Artist leading up to his first fight with Maynard.[75] 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 in the third edition of Brave Combat Federation in Curitiba, Brazil.[76]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 23–6–1 Cub Swanson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee April 21, 2018 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 22–6–1 Brian Ortega KO (elbow and punches) UFC 222 March 3, 2018 1 4:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 22–5–1 Yair Rodríguez TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 211 May 13, 2017 2 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 21–5–1 Jeremy Stephens Decision (unanimous) UFC 205 November 12, 2016 3 5:00 New York City, New York, United States
Loss 20–5–1 José Aldo Decision (unanimous) UFC 200 July 9, 2016 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the interim UFC Featherweight Championship.
Win 20–4–1 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 19–4–1 Urijah Faber Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber May 16, 2015 5 5:00 Pasay, Philippines
Win 18–4–1 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 17–4–1 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 16–4–1 Charles Oliveira Decision (unanimous) UFC 162 July 6, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 15–4–1 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 15–3–1 Benson Henderson Decision (split) UFC 150 August 11, 2012 5 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States For the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Loss 15–2–1 Benson Henderson Decision (unanimous) UFC 144 February 26, 2012 5 5:00 Saitama, Japan Lost the UFC Lightweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 15–1–1 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 14–1–1 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 14–1 B.J. Penn Decision (unanimous) UFC 118 August 28, 2010 5 5:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United States Defended the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Win 13–1 B.J. Penn Decision (unanimous) UFC 112 April 10, 2010 5 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Won the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Win 12–1 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 11–1 Sean Sherk Decision (unanimous) UFC 98 May 23, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–1 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 9–1 Gray Maynard Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon April 2, 2008 3 5:00 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 9–0 Spencer Fisher Decision (unanimous) UFC 78 November 17, 2007 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 8–0 Mark Bocek TKO (punches) UFC 73 July 7, 2007 1 4:55 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 7–0 Tyson Griffin Decision (unanimous) UFC 67 February 3, 2007 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 6–0 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 5–0 Deividas Taurosevičius Decision (unanimous) Reality Fighting 13: Battle at the Beach August 5, 2006 3 5:00 Wildwood, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–0 Steve McCabe Submission (guillotine choke) Ring of Combat 10 April 14, 2006 1 2:37 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 Jerome Isip Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) SportFighting 2 December 10, 2005 1 3:26 Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 Mark Getto TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 9 October 29, 2005 1 4:21 Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Eric Uresk TKO (punches) Underground Combat League July 10, 2005 1 3:38 The Bronx, New York, United States

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