Frankie Edgar, among the best blended martial artists of the previous decade, says he intends to retire after making one last look within the UFC this yr.
Edgar instructed ESPN he has requested the UFC to ebook him another bantamweight battle in November, on an occasion anticipated to happen at Madison Sq. Backyard. Win or lose, the previous light-weight champion will name it a profession after that.
“I’ve been kicking the thought of retirement round since my final battle,” Edgar instructed ESPN. “The final two fights clearly didn’t go the way in which I wished them to. If I’m being trustworthy, I’d battle perpetually — however that’s form of egocentric to my household and the folks that care about me. I have to announce my retirement so I can have a retirement battle and sail off into the sundown.”
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When requested for the right opponent to complete his profession, Edgar (24-10-1) advised former UFC and WEC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, who’s scheduled to battle Marlon Vera on Aug. 13.
“I’m by no means one to name out or decide anyone, I normally let the UFC or [manager Ali Abdelaziz] determine that out,” Edgar mentioned. “However I’ll say a reputation, simply because I believe it’s extra of a legacy battle. I do know he has a battle developing and who is aware of how that might go down, however Dominick Cruz — he was a champion at 135 [pounds] once I was champion at 155. We had been each just about the highest of the division. That might be a enjoyable battle.”
Edgar, 40, is coming off back-to-back knockout losses in 2021. He made his skilled debut in 2005 and didn’t undergo a single knockout loss till 2018. Over the previous 5 years, nonetheless, he has been completed 4 occasions.
Preventing out of Toms River, New Jersey, Edgar is a beloved determine within the sport and must be a sure-fire inductee into the Corridor of Fame. He captured the UFC’s light-weight championship in 2010 by upsetting BJ Penn. He went on to defend the belt towards Grey Maynard, earlier than dropping very shut back-to-back fights towards Benson Henderson. He went on to drop to featherweight and unsuccessfully challenged for the belt twice towards the good Jose Aldo.
He dropped one other weight class to bantamweight in 2020, the place he’s 1-2 since.
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