Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar suffered what could be the most brutal loss of his career at UFC 268 last November. It was a front kick knockout at the hands of Marlon Vera, which if you’re a fan of “The Answer,” probably left a sting that lasted for a good few days.
But even after that devastating defeat, Edgar still refused to entertain retirement.
“I know I got a lot left to give to this sport in many ways,” he said days after UFC 268. “My spirit doesn’t want to be done. That’s for sure. I feel I can still do this at a high level. I was doing it at a high level two nights ago. And I got caught with a good shot.”
The tides seemed to have turned the other direction recently. TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter recently posted this tweet, highlighting a conversation he supposedly had with Edgar’s manager Ali Abdelaziz.
Just spoke with @AliAbdelaziz00, who says that Frankie Edgar has requested to fight for a final time at UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden and will face whoever the promotion puts in front of him.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) July 17, 2022
I'm told that Edgar's preference is that the bout take place at bantamweight for those who were curious.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) July 17, 2022
Edgar, who turns 41 this October, is currently on a two-fight skid, both of which ended via highlight reel KOs. He holds a record of 24-10-1.
UFC 281 is set to take place on November 12.