Frank Edgar has proven critics wrong his entire life.
Nobody gave him a chance to defeat B.J. Penn when he was placed in a UFC lightweight title-fight with the popular Hawaiian, but Edgar earned a decision victory over “The Prodigy” and followed up by defeating him even more convincingly in the rematch.
Now, with a bout scheduled for this Saturday night at UFC 136 against Gray Maynard, Edgar is once again being looked at as somewhat of an underdog to many. The match-up will mark what should be the conclusion of a trilogy as the two fought to a Draw in January at UFC 125 while Maynard handed Edgar his only professional loss in 2008.
“I’m winning, man,” said Edgar, while appearing on The MMA Hour recently. “I’m very confident, especially after that last fight. I think my confidence keeps building from fight to fight. Obviously, from B.J. to the next B.J. fight. With Gray I know I had a pretty bad first round, but showing what I showed – which I didn’t realize right away until I went home and saw it – in character, it gave me a lot of confidence.”
Edgar, who has finished just one fight since 2008, says he is always seeking a finish. Of his thirteen career wins, eight have went to the scorecards.
“I know I get a lot of flack for not (finishing). I think it has to do with sometimes I am the smaller guy,” Edgar said. “But I always go into fights looking for it. If I could stun a guy, I’m going to try and finish him. And if I can stun him and get him on the ground, I’m going to try and finish him there.”
With his small stature – Edgar stands just 5″6 – many have felt a move down to the featherweight division would serve him quite well. And, while becoming a multi-division champion does sound good to Edgar, it isn’t something he is thinking about right now.
“It’s nice to have that ace in my pocket to be able to go down there and possibly fight for the belt in another weight class. But a lot of people think you lose weight, you automatically win,” Edgar said. “You’re going to be the bigger guy, but there’s also…I haven’t cut weight in six years, the guys are going to be quicker. So there’s a lot of other factors that play into it.”
Fans can catch Edgar’s attempt to solve the riddle Maynard provides in the ring when PPV action fires up at 9:00 PM EST with free prelims shown through Spike TV and Facebook in the hours leading up to the broadcast.
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MMATraining Take: Edgar has shown incredible amounts of heart in winning and defending the UFC lightweight title. His victories over Penn shocked everyone in the MMA world, and his ability to survive that first round with Maynard was something that made him a legend. Even if Maynard takes the title this week, 155 seems to be a perfect place for Edgar to stay. Gilbert Melendez, Clay Guida and Ben Henderson are all there to face, making for some incredible matches inside the Octagon.