Frankie Edgar: It Doesn’t Feel Right Not Being the Champion

August 6, 2012
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Frankie Edgar at UFC 125
Everybody in the world has routines.

Whether it’s waking up in the morning and having a cup of coffee or always turning on programs in a certain order when starting a computer, life is built around routines.

From April 2010 to February 26 2012, Frankie Edgar‘s routine was going to bed at night and waking up in the morning as the UFC lightweight champion of the world. Edgar got used to having that title around his waist and being referred to as ‘champ’ or the best in the world.

But since losing the belt to Benson Henderson back in February, Edgar’s new routine hasn’t suited him nearly as well. It’s a taste that’s hard to swallow and one he hopes to rectify this weekend at UFC 150 in Denver.

“It definitely doesn’t feel right,” Edgar said about not being champion when speaking to MMAWeekly Radio. “Especially when people say ‘former UFC world champion’. You try not to put everything on world titles and what not, but being champ is nice.

“I think anybody that does anything, puts passion into what they do like myself, they want to be the best at it, and they want to be recognized as the best. Being a champion you get all the accolades that come along with it.”

The fight that cost Edgar the lightweight title was a razor close decision with some people including UFC President Dana White scoring in his favor instead of Benson Henderson. All that matters however are the three judges that scored the fight that night, and all of them gave the bout to Henderson, thus ending Edgar’s reign as champion.

If there is a positive to take away it’s that Edgar does get the chance to fix what went wrong in the first fight when he gets to do it all over again this weekend. Edgar has become a master at rematches because that’s all he’s done lately.

After defeating B.J. Penn to capture the belt he had to rematch the Hawaiian four months later. The same happened after a draw with Gray Maynard forced Edgar into yet another rematch.

The key element to look at is Edgar’s improvement in both rematches. After a close fight with Penn at UFC 112, Edgar dominated the legendary fighter winning in a one-sided affair in their second bout.

Edgar did the same in his rematch with Gray Maynard, finishing off the former Michigan State wrestler with strikes in the fourth round of their fight at UFC 136.

If rematches are becoming a habit, Edgar certainly likes his chances going into a second bout with Henderson. His coaches have become quite proficient at finding what went wrong the last time, fixing things and making the tweaks and changes necessary to come away with a victory the second time around.

“They’re the masterminds behind it. I think they see things in certain fights and make adjustments, and they seem to work,” Edgar said about his coaches. “I just want to do things a little bit better. I do things a little bit better this fight, I should come out the winner.”

Winning is all that matters to Edgar. Whether it’s a knockout, submission or five-round dominant shutout, the Toms River, New Jersey native just wants to walk out of the Pepsi Center in Denver with the gold belt back at home around his waist.

“When you’re the champ you’re held in a different light, and that’s what I want,” Edgar stated. “I definitely want to leave my mark on this sport and the best way to do it is by being a champion.”

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  • julianmoran

    As far as I see it, Edgar lost against B.J 1, against Maynard 2 and against Henderson 1. He lost 3 out of his last 5 fights. He does not deserve this title shot.

    • MaritalArtist

      I can see your point. They were at least close fights, that’s for sure. I actually never saw the penn 1 fight, but the other 2, I had Frankie winning the Maynard 2 fight, and the last o e was too close to score. I had it maybe frankie by split decision. The good thing about the Maynard 3 was that there was no decision! Lol. Similarly, I hope this one is finished one way or another.

    • Machterf5

      Then I’m very thankful that you’re not a judge because you’d be worse than Cecil Peoples.

  • pooby

    If Edgar loses this rematch I don’t want to see him fight for the title at least until both Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis get a shot.

    Edgar’s pop pop in and out style reminds me of Cruz, but when Cruz does it there isn’t much controversy over who won.

    When Edgar does it, he also gets hit a lot. He tends to take more damage than his opponents, even when he wins. He also seems to have a sense of entitlement when it comes to the belt. He thinks a close fight always means he should win.

    • elguapo

      I agree with you sir.

  • I’m tired of seeing this guy in rematches.

  • grettz

    All i can say is please benson for the love of god finish frankie!

  • FE the guy was beaten in Abu Dhabi years ago by BJ Penn and a sh7t judges decision and has by luck been able to hang and rematch 3 fighters because he has a chin,and sucks the UFC head shed cocks.He is not exciting to watch and when BH does finish this guy,then he can let Aldo finish his UFC career @145 and KO Him The F**K out.Please then 155 div is a blast but FE is not somebody we ant to see fight at all!

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    • markrenton

      Did Frankie beat you up in high school or something bro? If you don’t like the guy, that’s one thing, but to say he’s been lucky to hang is a ridiculous statement. First off, he did not lose in Abu Dhabi. It definitely wasnt a 50-45 that the one moron judge posted, but he did win a close decision. He then went into the rematch and beat up BJ like no lightweight has ever done and anyone who watched that fight can attest to that.

      Frankie is the smallest LW in the UFC (maybe MMA) and yet he dominated BJ Penn for 5 Rounds (2nd fight) and was the only person to knock out Gray Maynard. People have been on here talking trash on FE since the Sean Sherk fight and it just amazes me that after what he’s done people still doubt this dude.

  • MMAGod

    Edgar better get used to not being a champ. He won’t be champ again any time soon.