“I’m Glad I Got It Done”- Former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar Shares Details on His Recent Back Surgery

Published 12/28/2021, 10:45 AM EST


Injuries and other upsets are all part of the world of MMA. One fighter that currently seems to battle such adversaries is none other than former UFC lightweight champion and multiple-time featherweight title contender Frankie Edgar.

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The now bantamweight fighter had to go for back surgery called a ‘microdiscectomy’. It is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed on patients with a herniated lumbar disc.

The complete recovery time from his most recent surgery is about 6 weeks. No heavy lifting or high exertion work before fully healing is recommended. This will surely be a problem for Frankie during his training regime. Recently, ‘The Answer’ shared his current physical condition on a podcast called “Champ and The Tramp”.

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Edgar revealed, “So far, so good. Obviously a little sore, but the reason I went there, it feels like it worked. I always push too hard, sometimes. I feel really good”. Frankie also explained how his mobility has suffered from the surgery. He can’t fully twist, turn and bend but has prepared himself to fully recover from the operation.

Previously, the 40-year-old American had undergone hip replacement surgery and spine surgery. The surgery he had when he was 18 was similar to the most recent one he had but was on the opposite side. With both his hip and back experienced surgeries in the same year, Frankie expressed his feelings, saying, “I’m glad I got it done. I’m hoping it stays feeling like it does. Two surgeries and now I’m fine walking around.”

What has Frankie Edgar planned next?

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Frankie extended his UFC contract after signing a multi-fight deal before making his bantamweight debut. He won his first match in the bantamweight division against Pedro Munhoz last year via a split decision. He now boasts a record of 24 wins and 10 losses in his entire pro-MMA career.

Additionally, he also holds the record for most fight time inside the octagon with 7 hours and 55 minutes.

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In the 100th episode of the same podcast, Frankie shared his plans. He revealed, “I’m not thinking about my next fight.” Edgar lost his last fight against Marlon Vera at UFC 268 and, in the interview, even talked about retirement.

What do you think should be Frankie Edgar’s next move? Share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comment section below.

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Siddharth Negi

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Siddharth Negi is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. This English graduate, who has been following MMA and the culture surrounding the sport for almost four years, elected to fuse his degree and interest to provide fans with the background information beyond the fights. Negi believes that combining his vast knowledge and curiosity for every little fact of the sport with his love for language can bring a change to the reader’s point of view.

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