UFC lightweight Frankie Edgar knows a thing or two about his respective weight-class. The 14-2 former title-holder has faced many of the division’s best including BJ Penn, Gray Maynard, Benson Henderson, Sean Sherk, and Jim Miller. As such, like countless fans, Edgar was caught off-guard by the way in which Nate Diaz handled Miller last night in headlining action at UFC on FOX 3.
The submission loss marked the first time Miller had been finished in his career despite having taken on a number of top-ranked opponents.
“Nate Diaz is a stud. He’s kind of a teammate, so I was happy for him, and man…it was a helluva performance,” said Edgar in an interview with Fuel TV after the event’s conclusion. “I know Jim’s tough as nails. I didn’t know what the outcome would be but I definitely didn’t think Jim would get finished so hats off to Nate. He’s a stud for sure.”
As chance would have it, Edgar could very well see Diaz inside the Octagon at some point soon given their immediate futures. Edgar is set to take on Henderson this fall for divisional gold while Diaz earned a title-shot with his performance against Miller. However, Edgar hasn’t looked past Henderson and simply wants to scrap again as soon as possible.
“People call you former champ. It definitely stings a little bit. So I’m eager to get back in there and get that strap back around my waist,” admitted Edgar, saying he expected to fight Henderson in September after healing up from surgery to correct some issues with his nose.
Check out the full interview with Edgar below:
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