Edgar in 2010
|Born||Frank James Edgar
October 16, 1981
Toms River, New Jersey, U.S.
|Other names||The Answer|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)|
|Reach||72.0 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Toms River, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Team||Renzo Gracie Combat Team|
|Trainer||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Ricardo Almeida, Renzo Gracie
Boxing: Mark Henry
Wrestling: Steve Rivera
Muay Thai: Kru Phil Nurse
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Almeida|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling All-American at Clarion University|
|Years active||2005 – present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Clarion University of Pennsylvania|
|Notable school(s)||Toms River High School East|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Frank James Edgar (born October 16, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist who competes as a featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is a former UFC Lightweight Champion. As of November 24, 2014, he is #2 in official UFC featherweight rankings.
Born and raised in Toms River, New Jersey by Frank and Mary Annese, Frankie Edgar wrestled at Toms River High School East, making it to the New Jersey state championship tournament on three occasions, placing second as a junior and fifth as a senior. Edgar is the oldest of 3 children, Edgar went on to compete in the NHSCA Senior Nationals and placed second before he finished high school. He continued wrestling at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he qualified for the nationals all four years there. Edgar is also an assistant coach for the Rutgers University wrestling team. Frankie is mostly of Italian descent with his mother being 100% Italian as well as his step-father who raised him. He also has some German ancestry from his biological father's side which is reflected in his non-Italian surname.
Mixed martial arts career
Edgar entered his first mixed martial arts fight with only a few weeks of training outside of his wrestling background. Edgar originally trained with Rob Guarino of Rhino Fight Team, but today he is part of the Gracie system under Ricardo Almeida in Hamilton, NJ. Since seventh grade Edgar has wrestled with Steve Rivera at Elite Wrestling NJ in Jackson, NJ. His boxing trainer is Mark Henry of Millstone, NJ.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Edgar amassed a 5–0 record before trying out for season five of The Ultimate Fighter. Edgar tried out in front of Dana White and Joe Silva, but was not selected to be on the show. However, a month later the UFC contacted Edgar and asked if he would accept a fight with fellow undefeated fighter Tyson Griffin at UFC 67. Griffin caught Edgar in a deep kneebar at the end of the fight, but Edgar refused to tap and lasted out the remainder of the round to win by unanimous decision. The fight has been frequently rebroadcast on UFC Unleashed.
Edgar suffered his first loss at UFC Fight Night 13 against Gray Maynard. This fight marked the first bout of a series. Maynard used his size and wrestling skill to overpower Edgar en route to a unanimous decision. Edgar rebounded with another Fight of the Night victory against Hermes França at UFC: Silva vs. Irvin. Edgar then defeated former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk, outworking him all three rounds to earn the unanimous decision victory over the stronger and heavier fighter.
Edgar was expected to face Kurt Pellegrino on December 5, 2009 on The Ultimate Fighter 10 finale, but Pellegrino was forced to withdraw due to an injury. Matt Veach was named as Pellegrino's replacement, moving up from an undercard bout.  After being on the defensive for most of the first round, Edgar became the aggressor in the second round by punishing Veach with strikes, Ultimately knocking Veach down with a straight right, Edgar then proceeded to take Veach's back and finishing him with a rear naked choke at 2:22 into the second round. Edgar has some of the best boxing and foot work in the UFC, he also has amazing heart and determination.
UFC Lightweight Champion
At UFC 112, Edgar was matched against lightweight champion BJ Penn. After a long, back-and-forth, predominantly standing fight, the judges' scorecards were called on for a decision. The scores were 50–45, 49–46 and 48–47, all for Edgar. The unanimous decision win awarded him the UFC Lightweight Championship.
On June 24, 2010, ESPN announced Edgar as a nominee for Best Upset of the Year at the 2010 ESPY Awards.
The bout at UFC 112 was deemed close enough that Edgar's first title defense took the form of a UFC 118 rematch against Penn on August 28, 2010. Edgar defeated Penn via unanimous decision to retain the UFC Lightweight Championship, this time with no controversy after taking Penn down multiple times and out-striking him throughout all five rounds. All three judges scored the bout 50–45 for Edgar, making him the second fighter to defeat Penn in the lightweight division  (the other being Jens Pulver), and the second fighter ever to beat Penn twice (the other being Georges St-Pierre).
Edgar's next title defense was against Gray Maynard, the only man to have defeated Edgar, in a rematch from UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon. Maynard earned the #1 contender spot at UFC 118 with a win over Kenny Florian. The bout took place on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125, with the fight ending in a draw (judges scorecards: 48–46 Maynard, 48–46 Edgar, 47–47). In the first round of the bout, Maynard dropped Edgar multiple times, but Edgar would survive. His fight with Maynard marks the third time in UFC history that a championship fight ended as a draw.
During the UFC 125 post-fight press conference, it was announced that Edgar's next opponent would be Anthony Pettis in a belt unification match. However, less than two hours later UFC president Dana White announced a change of plans. Edgar was then scheduled to fight Gray Maynard for the third time at UFC 130. Dana White confirmed on May 9, 2011 that both Edgar and Maynard had sustained injuries and that their bout was pulled from event. The fight was re-scheduled as the main event of UFC 136. After a similar first round to their bout at UFC 125, Edgar won via KO at 3:54 of round 4, earning Knockout of the Night honors.
Edgar faced Benson Henderson on February 26, 2012 at UFC 144. Henderson defeated Edgar via unanimous decision to become the new UFC Lightweight Champion. The fight earned Fight of the Night honors.
Move to featherweight division
On the August 21, 2012 edition of UFC Tonight, it was revealed that Frankie Edgar had announced his intentions to move to the featherweight division.
Edgar was briefly linked to a December 2012 bout with Ricardo Lamas, but it was scrapped after Edgar replaced the injured Erik Koch to face champion José Aldo on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153 On September 11, Aldo pulled out of the match with a foot injury.
The bout with Aldo was rescheduled for UFC 156, where Edgar lost to Aldo via unanimous decision (46-49, 46-49, 47-48). Both men earned Fight of the Night honors for their performances.
Edgar faced Charles Oliveira on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162 in his first non-title bout since 2009. Edgar won via unanimous decision snapping his three fight losing streak. Both fighters received Fight of the Night honors.
On September 11, 2013, the UFC announced during UFC Tonight, that Edgar would coach against former two-time opponent, B.J. Penn for the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter. The season aired on Fox Sports 1, and the two coaches faced each other for the third time on July 6, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale. Edgar won the one-sided bout by TKO in the third round.
Edgar next faced Cub Swanson on November 22, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 57. Edgar dominated the fight and finished Swanson in the fifth round via submission with only 4 seconds left in the fight, making it the latest finish in UFC history. The win also earned Edgar his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
A long speculated "superfight" with former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber is expected to take place on May 16, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 66. After speculation as to what weight class the bout was to be contested, either featherweight, bantamweight or at a catchweight of somewhere in between, it was announced that the bout would be contested at featherweight.
Edgar and his wife, Renee, were married ten days after UFC Fight Night 13. The couple have two sons—Francesco, born in January 2009, and Santino James, born in May 2010. They also have one daughter-Valentina, born in June 2014.
Edgar was a featured fighter on True Life: I'm a Mixed Martial Artist leading up to his first fight with Maynard. Edgar appears in all three "UFC Undisputed" video games (2009, 2010, UFC Undisputed 3) and also EA Sports UFC.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Reality Fighting
- Reality Fighting Lightweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||18 wins||4 losses|
|Win||18–4–1||Cub Swanson||Submission (neck crank)||UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson||November 22, 2014||5||4:56||Austin, Texas, United States||Performance of the Night|
|Win||17–4–1||B.J. Penn||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale||July 6, 2014||3||4:16||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16–4–1||Charles Oliveira||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 162||July 6, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||15–4–1||José Aldo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 156||February 2, 2013||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Featherweight debut. For UFC Featherweight Championship; Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||15–3–1||Benson Henderson||Decision (split)||UFC 150||August 11, 2012||5||5:00||Denver, Colorado, United States||For UFC Lightweight Championship|
|Loss||15–2–1||Benson Henderson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 144||February 26, 2012||5||5:00||Saitama, Japan||Lost UFC Lightweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||15–1–1||Gray Maynard||KO (punches)||UFC 136||October 8, 2011||4||3:54||Houston, Texas, United States||Defended UFC Lightweight Championship. Knockout of the Night.|
|Draw||14–1–1||Gray Maynard||Draw (split)||UFC 125||January 1, 2011||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained UFC Lightweight Championship; Fight of the Night; Fight of the Year.|
|Win||14–1||B.J. Penn||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 118||August 28, 2010||5||5:00||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||Defended UFC Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||13–1||B.J. Penn||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 112||April 10, 2010||5||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Won UFC Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||12–1||Matt Veach||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale||December 5, 2009||2||2:22||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||11–1||Sean Sherk||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 98||May 23, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–1||Hermes França||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin||July 19, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||9–1||Gray Maynard||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon||April 2, 2008||3||5:00||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||9–0||Spencer Fisher||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 78||November 17, 2007||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||8–0||Mark Bocek||TKO (punches)||UFC 73||July 7, 2007||1||4:55||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||7–0||Tyson Griffin||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 67||February 3, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||6–0||Jim Miller||Decision (unanimous)||Reality Fighting 14||November 18, 2006||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won Reality Fighting Lightweight Championship|
|Win||5–0||Deividas Taurosevičius||Decision (unanimous)||RF 13: Battle at the Beach||August 5, 2006||3||5:00||Wildwood, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||4–0||Steve McCabe||Submission (guillotine choke)||Ring of Combat 10||April 14, 2006||1||2:37||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||3–0||Jay Isip||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||SportFighting 2||December 10, 2005||1||3:26||Hoboken, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||2–0||Mark Getto||TKO (punches)||Ring of Combat 9||October 29, 2005||1||4:21||Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States||For Leo Pegel Title Elimination.|
|Win||1–0||Eric Uresk||TKO (punches)||UCL: Underground Combat League||July 10, 2005||1||3:38||The Bronx, New York, United States|
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|4th UFC Lightweight Champion
April 10, 2010 – February 26, 2012