by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Hailing from Tom Rivers, N.J., Frankie “The Answer” Edgar returns home to take on tough lightweight Spencer “The Fisher King” Fisher in a bout that many are already awarding fight-of-the-night.
The two are slated to do battle in Newark on Saturday night at Ultimate Fighting Championship 78.
“It’s great to fight in front of my hometown, family and friends. It’s going to be good to be back home competing again. It’s great to see the UFC back in Jersey, so I’m glad I’m going to be a part of that,” Edgar told MMAWeekly.
For many athletes, fighting in front of family and friends can be a distraction and add extra pressure, but he doesn’t see it that way.
“I’ve been competing for a long time in front of friends and family, pretty much my whole life, so I don’t think it’s going to be any different for me. When you step into that Octagon it’s just trying to tackle the task at hand. This one is going to be a pretty tough one, so I’m not going to get too caught up in the crowd.”
Asked if his undefeated record changes the way he approaches fights, Edgar answered, “Not at all. I’d hate to lose no matter what. Even if I have a couple of losses on my record in the future or not, I’m still going to hate to lose the same amount.”
He will be facing who many feel is one of the most underrated lightweights in the UFC, but Edgar doesn’t appear to be overlooking him.
“I know he’s extremely tough and going to bring the fight to me, so I’m expecting a challenge.”
Questioned about the fight itself, he said, “I’m going to do what I have to do to win, whatever it is, if I have to stand with him, if I take him down, or if I have to fight off my back, so I have to come expecting it to go everywhere.
“I know I’m going to bring the fight. I know he’s going to bring it. So I think you can expect an exciting fight.”
UFC president Dana White tends to agree saying, “This card is awesome. We’ve got Karo Parisyan and Ryo Chonan, Joe Doerksen and Ed Herman, Houston Alexander and Thiago Silva, Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping, both guys 15-0, but Frankie Edgar and Spencer Fisher could be the best fight you’ve ever seen in your life.
“Styles make fights. Both of these guys are aggressive. They’re both very well rounded. They both love to finish fights, and they never stop.”