Frankie “The Answer” Edgar began his MMA career in the New York/New Jersey area fighting in the Underground Combat League, Ring of Combat, Reality Fighting and Sportfighting promotions. Edgar finished his first four opponents in the first round: two by TKO and two by submission. Deividas Taurosevicius was the first person to take Edgar to the scorecards. He was soon followed by another future UFC fighter, Jim Miller, whom Edgar defeated to win the Reality Fighting lightweight championship. After a failed audition for the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter, Edgar was called up to the UFC to face fellow unbeaten fighter Tyson Griffin. Edgar survived a late-fight kneebar attempt to win the unanimous decision over Griffin in his UFC debut at UFC 67.
Edgar then TKOed Mark Bocek and fought Spencer Fisher to a unanimous decision before losing to Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon. Edgar rebounded from the loss with five straight wins: one over Hermes Franca, Sean Sherk and Matt Veach and two over BJ Penn. Edgar followed his Penn wins up with parts two and three of Edgar/Maynard. At the close of 2011, the Answer was slowly climbing his way up the pound-for-pound rankings of many reputable publications. He had successfully defeated the one man who held a win over him, Maynard. Their three-fight series stood at 1-1-1 with no one in the organization encouraging a fourth Edgar/Maynard fight. Then Benson Henderson entered his life. Edgar would spend all of 2012 with just one opponent: Henderson. The two met at UFC 144 and 150. In their first engagement the judges gave Henderson the lightweight championship with a unanimous decision. In the second tilt, a split decision saw Henderson walk out of the arena once more with the belt.
In 2013, Edgar dropped to the featherweight division, a division more suited to Edgar’s natural weight and the place that UFC president Dana White had been encouraging him to go to for months. Edgar’s first fight at featherweight was against Jose Aldo for the title. After five rounds, once again the judges sided with Edgar’s opponent. Most fighters would be out of a job after dropping three straight fights in the UFC, but in Edgar’s case all three fights were title fights and two out of three of those fights were given Fight of the Night honors.
Edgar is facing his next opponent, Charles Oliveira, at UFC 162 on July 6, and looking forward to getting back into the win column. The featherweight title mix holds a lot of interesting fights for Edgar provided he can get back into the mix with a win over Oliveira.
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