Frankie Edgar hasn’t competed since May 2017, though it’s not for a lack of desire, suffering one injury after another. In fact, “The Answer” was set to face Max Holloway for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight title at UFC 218 in Dec. 2017 before he was bounced from the event with an injury.
The title fight was then rescheduled for UFC 222 on March 3, 2018, but was ultimately canceled once again after “Blessed” came down with the injury bug. This time, though, Edgar opted to stay on the card and face Brian Ortega.
“I just want to fight,” Edgar said. “I got so close to the December fight and got hurt and preparing, I just didn’t want to waste another camp. I felt like in December I pretty much wasted eight weeks of training to get hurt,” Edgar told Flo Combat in regard to wanting to fight “T-City.”
“Here we are four weeks away from this fight, and I didn’t want to waste another six weeks of training and not being able to fight. I’ve got to get paid. I only get paid when I’m in there and if I’m not fighting, I’m not making money. It’s too long. I am 36 years old. I’ll never get these months and days back, so I’ve got to make the best of them when I can.”
Indeed, Edgar is taking a big roll of the dice in accepting a bout against Ortega, as a loss means his guaranteed title shot will go out the window. But, you can’t help to commend Frankie’s willingness to take on any and all comers and not sit out for a championship fight. That said, should he prove victorious against Ortega on “Sin City,” he is hoping to have a quick turnaround if Holloway is healthy and able. If not, then don’t be surprised to see “The Answer” take yet another fight in the interim.
”I want to go out there and fight March 3 and if Max is ready to go fairly quick, then yeah, I’ll probably wait for Max,” Edgar explained. “But, if he’s still maybe not ready until the end of summer, I might jump in there again. I want to fight. This is what I want to do. The belt, it is a goal of mine, I don’t want to say I’ve lost sight of that, but I’ve been waiting around and two times so close didn’t come. I just want to fight. March 3 — fight — if Max is ready to go in June that would be perfect. If he’s still not ready to go, I might jump in there again. Who knows.”
Of course, should Ortega have “The Answer” to defeat the former Lightweight champion, the 145-pound title shot would then go to him, leaving Edgar out in the cold once again.
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