“That’s an Accomplishment Itself” – Frankie Edgar Reveals He Underwent Surgery Prior to His Fight With Marlon Vera

Published 11/10/2021, 11:22 AM EST
EDMONTON, AB – JULY 24: Frankie Edgar holds an open workout session for fans and media at the Starlite Room on July 24, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Like any other sport, in MMA one athlete wins, and one has to lose. UFC 268 had amazing fights lined up which saw the loss of some of the best fighters. Frankie Edgar was one of them. 

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Edgar lost the bout against Marlon Vera in a devastating way. Vera landed a powerful kick at Edgar’s chin and won via TKO. The kick left the fighter visibly shaken. 

DALLAS, TX – MAY 13: Frankie Edgar enters the Octagon before facing Yair Rodriguez in their featherweight fight during the UFC 211 event at the American Airlines Center on May 13, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

It was a heartbreaking loss for Edgar, and it seemed difficult for him to come to terms with it. Immediately after the fight stoppage, he was seen disagreeing with the referee. 

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Due to Frankie Edgar’s recent losses, many fans have speculated whether the fighter is ready to hang his gloves and retire. While it is not clear when the fighter will retire, it sure seems like he isn’t done with the sport yet. And he’s opened up about his surgery.

Did Frankie Edgar fight at UFC 268 after a hip replacement surgery?

In the Champ and The Tramp podcast, Edgar revealed that he had undergone hip replacement surgery seven months before his big fight against Marlon Vera at UFC 268. Speaking about it, he said, “That’s an accomplishment itself, coming back from that. That’s something I wanted to prove myself.”

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He continued, “A lot of people think you get something like that, it’s the end of something.”

He further said, “Not only did I do it, I did it, I f*cking did it quickly. And I felt amazing. My hip f*cking felt amazing.”

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Edgar also revealed that he also has back issues. He had to undergo back surgeries when he was 18. However, he is currently experiencing “nerve issues” on the other side of his back. It has progressively worsened over years. Thus, he said he is in the process of figuring out if surgery is required or if a less invasive remedy would work. 

He said, “It’s just getting progressively worse. So, it’s something I need to address. I actually have an appointment to get it checked out.”

The bantamweight fighter started his MMA career in 2005 and joined UFC in 2007. He has had a great long career. For a fighter, it is common to put their bodies through a lot. It looks like Edgar is experiencing repercussions of the same. His fans hope he takes care of his health and comes back with a bang!

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What do you think about Frankie Edgar’s hip replacement surgery? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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