Frankie Edgar has been fighting professionally since 2005. On Saturday, November 12, 2022, he plans to fight in the UFC one last time.
Recently, Edgar’s manager Ali Abdelaziz revealed the former UFC lightweight champion would retire after his next fight. Edgar then confirmed the news to ESPN in an interview, saying he wants the final fight to be at UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden.
“I think that would be cool,” Edgar said. “It would be a pretty cool sendoff at Madison Square Garden, it’s pretty much in my backyard. I trained up in Renzo’s for so many years, it would be a pretty cool sendoff.”
Frankie Edgar On Retiring From the UFC
Frankie Edgar says he has been kicking around the idea of retiring for a bit now and finally thinks it is the right time. Now 40 years old, he knew this day would come soon. Still, he is excited about the final fight and hopefully, go out on a win.
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“I’ve been kind of kicking the idea of retirement around since my last fight,” Edgar said. “The last couple of fights obviously didn’t go the way I wanted them to, but me, if I’m being honest I’d fight forever, you know? But that’s kind of selfish to my family and the people that care about me, so I think I need to kind of announce my retirement, have a retirement so I can sail off into the sunset a little bit.”
Frankie Edgar Wants Dominick Cruz for His Last Fight
Although Edgar has made it known he wants his retirement fight at UFC 281 at Madison Square Garen in New York, the New Jersey native also has a name in mind. According to “The Answer”, he’s hoping to fight Dominick Cruz as the two are legends and future Hall of Famers that haven’t fought as of yet.
“I’m never one to call anybody out or pick anybody, I usually let the UFC and Ali kind of figure that out,” Edgar said. “But I’ll say a name just because I think it’s more of a legacy fight and I know he has a fight coming up and who knows how it could happen, but I think Dominick Cruz. He was a champion at 135 when I was the champion at 155. We were both pretty much top of the division, I think that could be an interesting fight.”