"If it's me, let me be limp before you stop it. It's tough to be a ref, especially in that situation when they've got to protect the fighters. But I want every chance I can get. Let me go out on my shield. It's definitely the referee's discretion, but I want every chance to come back. In the Maynard fights, someone else may have stopped it. Obviously the ref didn't, and he made the right choice because I bounced back. That was the right choice. I'm a fighter; I can't help it. I'm a competitor. I want to win, and if I feel a ref stopped it too early, I would be upset. I just want the chance to come back. I'm sure it would never be like that where I'm getting my head beat in and the ref wouldn't stop it, but I just want a chance to come back."
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion turned The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 head coach Frankie Edgar comments on the slew of recent controversial stoppages in mixed martial arts (see a sample here and here), and tells MMA Junkie Radio he does not want to be waved off until his body goes limp. I'm sure that's just fine with fellow TUF coach and featherweight import BJ Penn, who will try to get one back from "The Answer" on July 6 in Las Vegas (details). Edgar (16-4) has never been finished in his combat sports career (despite a few close calls) but is now 32 years old and just 1-4 since 2011. Does he still have the chops to be UFC champion?