The last time we saw Frankie Edgar in the Octagon, he was finished for the first time in his long and illustrious career by rising contender Brian ‘T-City’ Ortega at UFC 222. The fight saw Edgar being rocked by an elbow and then knocked out by a fight ending uppercut which took him off his feet.
Surprisingly Edgar has been booked for a main event fight for UFC Atlantic City against Cub Swanson in his home state of New Jersey on April 21
Edgar sees an opportunity to erase his loss
There has been concern from fans about Edgar’s quick comeback but Edgar sees an opportunity to erase the negative impact of his last loss.
“I’m excited to get in there,” Edgar said Monday on The MMA Hour. “I know I’m getting flack from people and you guys, obviously on whether I’m taking this fight too soon or not, and that’s fine. I [expected] it and I know what I’m putting on the line here, and I feel comfortable doing it, so I’m ready to go prove people wrong here.
I’m the one in there. I’m the one putting it on the line, and there’s nothing like getting in there and getting a win to erase that last loss. And again, it’ll never erase it, but at least it’ll kinda help deal with that stink, and like you said, give me something positive to kinda focus on instead of focusing on the negative.”
Edgar on the concussion and the stoppage
Edgar agreed with the stoppage at UFC 222 but said that he wasn’t unconscious and did not suffer a concussion. “I was pretty with it,” Edgar said. “I recall the knockout because I didn’t get turned off or anything. Even when I was going down, I knew I had a short time. In my head I was saying, ‘Alright, short time, short time. Let’s try to get through this.’ But obviously he was able to capitalize on it with that uppercut. And even when I fell, as soon as the ref came over me, I said I was good, and maybe I wasn’t — I’m not really complaining about the stoppage, I can see why he stopped it — but I was with it. As soon as he stopped it, I said, ‘I’m good! I’m good!’ I was trying to argue. Obviously I needed a little help [to stand up], but I wasn’t all the way out. I didn’t even have a headache afterwards that night at the hotel or anything.”
Edgar on accepting the short notice fight
“I mean, listen, no one is more disappointed than me,” Edgar said. “I may be not showing it as much as those guys, but believe me, I took it hard. I still take it hard, but I’m not going to be one to dwell on it either.
“You can’t go back and change things. I’m not one to sit there and say I wish I did something different. In fights you do it all the time — if you lose, you wish you did this, you wish you did that. But I’m going to stand by my decision and I’ve got to be a man about it.