In his 12 years of fighting with the UFC, Frankie Edgar has seen almost everything. He has had his share of wins and losses. He has taken short-notice fights and never backed off from challenges. He has fought champions and even been one himself. However, where he has not been much is the receiving end of a knockout.
The first time that something like this happened was against Brian Ortega. So when Chan Sung Jung knocked him out, for the second time in his career, he didn’t mince words about how he felt about it.
“It was something I did,” Edgar told MMA Fighting. “You can’t go back and dwell on sh*t you can’t change anyways. No regrets for me.
“Obviously, I wanted a different outcome, but I took the opportunity. It didn’t go my way. Sh*t happens, but those are the breaks. I was definitely depressed for a little bit, a little down on myself, but you move on. What else are you going to do?”
Edgar took the fight with ‘The Korean Zombie’ on a short notice. He was originally slated to go against him in 2018. In the end, Edgar not only received the L on his resume but also suffered a broken orbital bone.
“He caught me with a good shot,” he said. “I’m sure I’ll look at it and I’ll be a little critical of something I did, but he’s on a tear,” Edgar said. “He’s been putting dudes away for a long time. He got me with a good shot. I did my best to stand there as long as I could, but it’s the way it went.”
“I broke my orbital,” Edgar said. “Nothing super bad, no surgery. Just six weeks to heal and I’m good to go.”
For the entirety of his career, “The Answer” has, more often than not, suffered a size disadvantage against his opponents. Even prior to his last fight, he had planned a move down to bantamweight. Despite the outcome, he will still stick to his original plan.
“I’m going to go down to bantamweight,” Edgar confirmed. “That was the whole plan before this obviously. The cards have been stacked against me my whole career being the smaller guy. Going out there and fighting in Korea on short notice, that kind of stacked the cards even more.
“I think what I need to do is put myself in a favorable position to win my next fight, and that’s at 135.”
Right now, Frankie is just relaxing while getting healed up physically. He is also on a medical suspension which rules out the possibility of him fighting anyway. He is more concerned with healing up. Once that is achieved he will be think about potential opponents at 135 pounds.
“I’m not worried about anything right now,” Edgar said. “I’m not thinking of anything yet. I want to heal up. I’m already back in the gym doing what I can do right now, obviously not getting punched in the face or anything, but just trying to improve.
“I’m going to see what the UFC says, what they want from me. Coming off two losses, even though they’re up a weight class, I don’t know what they’re going to give me. But I’m always game.”
Frankie Edgar steps in for injured Brian Ortega at UFC Busan to take on Korean Zombie