Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, made his Octagon debut way back in Feb. 2007, upsetting the heavily-favored Tyson Griffin as part of the UFC 67: “All or Nothing” pay-per-view (PPV) event in Las Vegas.
Cory Sandhagen was still in high school, dreaming of the big time.
That’s probably why the No. 3-ranked bantamweight is getting little-to-no sympathy for losing “The Answer” at the upcoming UFC Raleigh event next month on ESPN+. Edgar, 38, is a legend of the sport and one of the biggest names of the last decade.
“It sucks, that’s the breaks,” Edgar told Luke Thomas. “I’ve definitely been disappointed in this game quite a bit myself. I’m sure I’ll meet him down the road if not in January. Right now, I really don’t want to think about Cory. I’ve got to worry about the ‘Zombie,’ first and foremost. I mean hey, I’ll never say die. If it works out, we’ll see what happens, but the test in front of me is no joke.”
While unlikely, there has been talk of keeping Edgar on January’s card with a quick finish over Chan Sung Jung in the UFC Fight Night 165 featherweight main event, scheduled for Sat., Dec. 21, 2019, inside Sajik Arena in Busan, South Korea.
Just don’t expect Edgar to hang around at 145 pounds.
“I’m gonna get [to 135] eventually,” Edgar said. “Just a little hiccup along the way. I’m really not that heavy. Actually when I found out I was fighting, I had to gain a little bit of weight for this one, so I think I need to be at ‘35 in the future.”
Where an old friend will be waiting...