Frankie Edgar eyes farewell fight at UFC 281, suggests Dominick Cruz as rival – 7/18/2022

Frankie Edgar’s long and successful MMA career is about to come to an end. As the American’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, had already announced to the Canadian television channel ‘TSN’, the former UFC lightweight champion (70 kg) intends to hang up his gloves after his next fight. And, according to the fighter himself, there is already a date, place and even an opponent of his choice for the farewell fight.

In an interview with American ‘ESPN’, Edgar – who hails from New Jersey – expressed his interest in saying goodbye to the Octagons at UFC 281, an event scheduled for November 12 and expected to take place at traditional ‘Madison “gym. Square Garden” in New York (USA).

“I think that would be cool. That would be a really cool send off to Madison Square Garden, which is basically my backyard. I trained at Renzo (Gracie) for a lot of years, that would be a really cool send off,” Frankie admitted. .

With four losses in his last five fights, the veteran is aware that a fight for the title would not be an option at this time. Therefore, when analyzing possible opponents for his farewell fight, the former lightweight champion chose to mention Dominick Cruz, a rival who also has a winning history in the UFC and would add the factor ” legacy” in battle.

“I’ve never been one to challenge (other fighters) or pick an opponent. I usually let the UFC and Ali (Abdelaziz) sort it out. But I’m going to 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 what might happen, but I think Dominick Cruz (would be the perfect opponent.) He was champion at 61 (kg) when I was champion at 70 (kg). We were both top of the division. I think it could be an interesting fight,” Edgar mused.

In professional MMA since 2005, Frankie Edgar has, to date, a record of 24 wins, ten losses and a draw. The American, who built most of his career in the UFC, was lightweight champion between 2010 and 2012, and also competed successfully in the featherweight (66 kg) and bantamweight (61 kg) divisions. ), remaining for years among the main names of the latter. categories.

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