Frankie Edgar Says He Will Not Retire Yet

Published 02/12/2021, 6:37 AM EST


‘The Answer’ Frankie Edgar, suffered a brutal knockout loss to top bantamweight contender, Cory Sandhagen, in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 18. ‘Sandman’ came up with a highlight-reel flying knee finish to leave the former UFC lightweight kingpin out cold. Given the manner of the finish, many believe that that was that for the 39-year-old future Hall of Famer.

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But Edgar doesn’t plan on going out on a losing note, as he believes that fate could have happened to either man during the fight. He is confident that he is more than capable of turning the tide in his favor yet again.

Speaking to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, ‘The Answer’ answered questions about his fighting future. “I don’t care if it was my first loss or my last loss, I’m always thinking, ‘Losing sucks.’ I hate it. Everyone hates it. You don’t want to do anything after. You have thoughts like, ‘Man, I don’t want to do this,’” he said.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 06: Cory Sandhagen lands a flying knee to knock out Frankie Edgar in their bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

And Mark’s like, ‘Dude, what are you talking about? One fight back. One fight you win, and that erases that loss.’ So, I’m not thinking of stopping anytime – at least now. Not after this one,” Edgar added.

Frankie Edgar discussed his fighting future

Edgar is quite aware of his age and how unforgiving the sport of MMA is, especially at the very high levels where he competes in the UFC. Many legendary fighters had a sour ending to their careers, which undermined their accolades inside the Octagon. But, ‘The Answer’ has no intention of being one of that group, as he would be the first to acknowledge if his time is over.

Also, MMA fans have short memories. So, they might have forgotten that it was not so long ago that the former UFC champion defeated a dangerous contender like Pedro Munhoz. He can certainly hang in there with the elites. So, it’s best that one leaves the retirement plans on his hands only.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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