Frankie Edgar Warns Ahead of UFC 156 “Don’t Mistake My Kindness for Weakness”

January 28, 2013
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Frankie Edgar at UFC 125There is a commercial currently running on networks all over the world previewing UFC 156 that brilliantly denotes champion Jose Aldo’s seeming invincibility followed by challenger Frankie Edgar saying, “I’ve heard this story before.”

The UFC’s marketing team knows their fighter well because, despite spending nearly two years as the promotion’s lightweight champion, Edgar never knew life as a betting favorite.

Both times he met B.J. Penn and Gray Maynard, Edgar was the underdog. Despite opening as a slight favorite against Benson Henderson for their first fight, the odds continued to slip as the champion once again took on the role of underdog.

So it’s no surprise as he heads into his fight at UFC 156 against featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo that Edgar is again a decided underdog, but at this point in his career, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I don’t think I have been in a fight where I have been the favorite,” Edgar told MMAWeekly Radio. “For me this is just what I’m used to. It’s my normal role. I’m going to come here and I’m going to show up for a fight. There’s never been a fight I haven’t been prepared for and I haven’t showed up for, and it’s going to be no different come Feb. 2.”

Edgar performs better under pressure than maybe any fighter on the UFC roster. Ask Gray Maynard about that because twice the lightweight contender had Edgar on wobbly legs, seemingly out on his feet, only to watch the New Jersey native battle back and stave off elimination.

It’s part of the training and work ethic that Edgar has had instilled in him ever since he was a kid. Growing up, Edgar never had it easy. Before he found fighting, he was well on his way to becoming a permanent fixture as a plumber working long hours alongside his father.

Edgar knows that nothing comes easy, and so he’s willing to put in the work to get ready for Jose Aldo as well.

To prepare for the UFC’s reigning featherweight champion, Edgar has pulled out all the stops, making sure nothing is left to chance. He even managed to bring in two top level Muay Thai fighters from Brazil to mimic Aldo in his training camp.

Fellow UFC fighter Edson Barboza, who had success in kickboxing as well as MMA, served as a shadow for Aldo in Edgar’s camp, along with World Series of Fighting bantamweight Marlon Moraes, who recently defeated former WEC champ Miguel Torres.

“It’s been a blessing for sure. (Edson) is phenomenal, and actually Marlon Moraes, his friend from Brazil who is also an excellent Muay Thai practitioner, so between the both of them, I’ve definitely going to be more than prepared for Feb. 2,” said Edgar.

On that night, Edgar not only has a chance to become featherweight champion, but he also has the chance to join Randy Couture and B.J. Penn as the only UFC fighters who have held title belts in two different weight classes. It’s something historic to think about, but the one person who won’t even discuss it is Frankie Edgar.

Edgar is appreciative of any accolade he earns, but the fact is he’s never been the guy to sit around and say he’s the best, or act like the world owes him something. He is happy just putting his head down, keeping his nose in the fight, and let the history books write themselves without a running commentary from him.

It’s part of who Frankie Edgar is deep down inside – a hard worker who would rather show you why he’s one of the best in the world as opposed to tell you about it. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’s a pushover by any means, and he plans on showing Jose Aldo that at UFC 156.

“That’s the way I’ve always been. I was always told growing up the loud mouth, the big mouth, is not the guy you have to worry about, you have to worry about the quiet guy. I guess that stuck with me,” Edgar stated.

“I will say this: don’t mistake my kindness for weakness, because I definitely bring it every fight, and it’s going to be no different on Feb. 2.”

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  • Oswald Cobblepott

    His fighting speaks for itself. He’s tough as nails…why release such a statement?

    • MuayThaiFood

      Don’t sweat it, he still has to promote the fight.

  • Skyactive

    Frankie Edgar sucks

    • How does he suck? As a fighter he’s never been finished. Although he’s only finished 3 fights in his UFC career he’s shown that he can take some damage. I for one don’t like his attitude, like when he throws his hat down after losing; it’s like him and his camp feel like he’s never lost any fight, that’s my only issue with him. We’re obviously both rooting for Aldo I assume.

  • Lawdog1521

    Some of us just aren’t looking forward to Frankie “Two Times” Edgar’s inevitable rematch. Plus, there’s the fact he’s lost two back to back fights yet gets a title shot.

  • I love Frankie! I shook his hand once, and if I didn’t know who he was, I’d have thought nothing of it. He’s such an unassuming guy. Hats off to him. I hope he defends the FW belt a couple times for good measure , then takes the bantamweight belt too. Then move back up to lightweight and re-take that as well. That would make me happy.

    • drkdisciple

      then move to heavyweight and beat Cain and then go back to bantamweight to defend his belt which he doesn’t have yet lol

  • squack

    is going to shock the world when he beats aldo pl r not going to know what do. when he wwins ur going to heat he didnt deserve the title fight, well he did, he got screwed in e 2nd fight with henderson . He thru his hat outta disbelief i to agreed wjth him. just wait till feb2 Edgar will show the world y hes the best at 155 and under!!!

    • George Sperry

      I can’t read that. You think you’re texting?

  • yup

    Aldo will make quick work of this talking turd. Gotta love dana white! How the hell is this guy even mentioned in P4P conversations…WOW. It seems whatever dana, rogan or goldie say is true lol. PPL stop listening to dana, watch fights on mute and start to analyze fights for your own

    • MuayThaiFood

      Do you even know what best pound for pound means? He was champion at 155 which is probably two weight classes above where he could be fighting. If you think this is an easy fight for Aldo you are out of your tree. At the very least this is going to be a competitive fight and without a doubt Aldo’s toughest test. Don’t take Dana’s word for it, just look at who Frankie has beaten while he was the smaller man.

  • George Sperry

    I don’t often predict fights but I think Edgar wins this. His style is perfect to defeat Aldo. He just isn’t there to hit and kick plus Aldo wears down and Frankie doesn’t.

    If it ends before a decision then it will be Aldo, but a decision may well go to Edgar.

    • MuayThaiFood

      I agree, people seem to forget the Mark Hominick fight. If Aldo doesn’t get the finish early then it may be a rough night for him. Frankie doesn’t have quit in him and he won’t fade in the later rounds. For the record, I like both of these fighters but all things being equal I kind tend to root for the underdog. I just don’t think he’s as much of one as most people think.

  • dummy

    In my humble opinion Edgar takes the decision, aldo has a power based style, and edar’s chin has been put to tougher test. His accurate punchin and take down will will him the judes. Edgar has fought the best and won, Aldo is just a smaller version of benson with less wrestlin but better combinations, edgar’s been trainin for that for the past 2y