Many believe former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar is returning too soon to action following his knockout loss to Brian Ortega.
But how would “The Answer” really know?
For the first time in his 13-year MMA career, Edgar is working back from a knockout loss. Through 28 fights, he had never been finished via strikes, suffering five decision defeats.
Saturday night, Edgar will meet Cub Swanson in a rematch of their 2014 bout that he scored a submission victory in the fifth round in. The card serves as the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City from the Boardwalk Hall.
The 36-year-old Edgar would be hard-pressed to miss a chance to compete in his home state of New Jersey, so it is difficult to blame him.
And as far as we know, maybe Edgar is really completely recovered from the loss. Heck, he’s never been through this kind of situation before.
But if anyone can come back from a tough loss like the one Edgar suffered to Ortega, the former NCAA Div. I wrestler can.
Edgar has shared the Octagon with some of the greats in the sport including Jose Aldo, Urijah Faber, BJ Penn and Gray Maynard. His back-to-back decision wins in 2010 over Penn solidified his legacy, and he only added to it with his two fights a year later with Maynard that included a draw and a fourth round knockout.
Since 2012, Edgar is 7-5 with wins over Yair Rodriguez, Jeremy Stephens and Chad Mendes to his resume. If he is going to remain a viable option in the featherweight division, though, he’ll need to get through Swanson and score his 23rd career victory.
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