After the brutal KO loss to Marlon Vera back in November of last year, veteran UFC star Frankie Edgar didn’t rule out the chance that it could have been the last time we saw him fighting in the Octagon, but it seems he’s now decided one coming back for one last fight.
“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,” TSN Sports Aaron Bronsteter reported on Twitter.
“I’m told that Edgar’s preference is that the bout take place at bantamweight for those who were curious.”
Edgar would turn 41-years-old a month before his planned swansong from the sport in November, and it comes at a time when his recent results inside the Octagon suggest that it might be about time to bring an end to what’s been a long and successful career in the UFC.
Prior to the knockout loss to Vera in November of last year, Edgar had also been KO’d by Cory Sandhagen that February.
‘The Answer’ did claim a split decision victory over Pedro Munhoz in 2020, but a first round TKO loss to ‘The Korean Zombie’ and KO defeat against Brian Ortega in the two years before that had been a cause for concern given that he’d never been stopped by strikes in his long career up to that point.
Edgar does still hold a 24-10-1 career record though, including having won the lightweight title by beating BJ Penn and then going on to hold it for three more fights.