by Matt Hill – MMAWeekly.com
speculation by some Ultimate Fighting Championship fans as to whether or not
Frankie Edgar would be able to handle Spencer ‘The King’ Fisher’s stand up game
and in-cage experience. For those who doubted, they don’t anymore.
quickly as the bout began, the momentum of the fight moved in Edgar’s
direction, and it was he who dominated the Miletich fighter through the final
bell. For a man who has only eight professional fights, Edgar showed the
composure of a much more seasoned competitor.
the first round, he secured an easy takedown that set the tone for the
remainder of the fight.
“I felt confident in my stand up, but the takedowns just seemed to call me … I
guess they were calling pretty loud, you know.”
point, he knew that if he really needed to at some point, then he could take
the action to the ground.
back on it, Edgar said, “You know you can always have that in your back pocket if
it gets hairy; you can always take him down. And whenever you’re winning,
whether it’s on your feet or on the ground, that just boosts your confidence.”
advantage he no doubt had in his corner was that New Jersey is his home state,
and against Fisher, he was fighting in front of a number of his family members
and close friends at the Prudential Center in Newark.
whether the energy in the arena and the chants of the crowd incited him to
perform better, Edgar said, “I felt it definitely during the fight, but when
you just sit back and think about it, it’s like a dream come true. It was like
a ‘Rocky’ movie, man.”
continued, “It was cool. I’m sure one of my buddies started the chant, so even
impressive win in the books, it is now time for people to seriously take notice
of Edgar. Even though he’s still young and has only a handful of fights to his
name, the combination of his 8-0 record, his Octagon composure and his
aggressive fighting style all point to the fact that he will be competing at a
high level for many years to come.
To get to
the place in his career where he wants to be, though, he must stay active, stay
healthy and stay on the winning track.
how long he’d like to wait before he steps back in the Octagon, Edgar said, “I
definitely want to get in there February or March, no longer than that without
a doubt. I’m actually getting married in April, so I want to get one more in
before that without a doubt.”
With a UFC
lightweight division is full of top fighters like champion Sean Sherk, B.J.
Penn, Joe Stevenson and Kenny Florian and up-and-comers like Frankie Edgar, Joe
Lauzon and Tyson Griffin, there seems neither any easy, nor dull fights for any
155ers in the near future.
though, Edgar just wants to concentrate on moving forward by winning fights and
making a name for himself as a dangerous, exciting and capable competitor.
the most outgoing person … so for me to express myself in the Octagon and have
people enjoy it, it’s just great,” he said.
now, at least for a time, enjoy the upcoming holidays, relax with his family
and friends and reflect upon his latest UFC success. With tougher tests in the
cage and married life outside of it both ahead of him in 2008, he’ll need the