Welcome to the "Frankie Edgar Era"Posted on September 1, 2010, 08:27 AM by Anton Gurevich
New Jersey native Frankie "The Answer" Edgar has successfully retained his title in a rematch against BJ Penn, in what was truly an epic display of skill, heart and determination. But except of defending his title against Penn in extraordinary fashion, there was much more in a Frankie Edgar's victory. He completed a journey from a no-name in the UFC, to a proud Lightweight Champion, and in my eyes, one of the best Pound for Pound fighters in the World.
Edgar is a complete opposite from BJ Penn. You'll never see him talking trash or giving promises he can't fulfill. His quiet personality and nearly unhuman work ethic are a rare attributes in today's Mixed Martial Arts, where fighters sometimes force themselves in a trash talking wars to get attention. Edgar deserves his props for the way he handled BJ Penn's accusations of him "stealing the victory" in Abu Dhabi. He talked inside the cage, and defended his title in response to BJ's trash talk.
It's enough to take a quick look at Frankie Edgar's UFC record. Three Fight of the Night honors. He defeated four fighters with unbeaten records: Matt Veach (11-0), Mark Bocek (4-0), Tyson Griffin (8-0) and Jim Miller (5-0). More than that, Edgar defeated the former UFC Lightweight Title challenger Hermes Franca, and the former UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk. And of course, the double victory against the Top 5 P4P Fighter in the World, BJ "The Prodigy" Penn. I don't know how about you guys, but it's one of the most impressive records in MMA today.
Beyond statistics, the way Frankie Edgar fought at UFC 112 and 118 was a true inspiration to everyone who loves MMA. I had him winning all 5 Rounds at UFC 112 (and you can continue calling me Anton Peoples for that), and he proved my point at on August 28th. It was a dominant performance of a well-rounded Mixed Martial Artist and a proud Champion, who's willing to prove he deserves his belt.
He may not be as exciting as Wanderlei Silva in Pride, but the way he moves, punches and wrestles is a joy to behold to any MMA fan out there. Every fighter has a different style, and that's why the sport is called Mixed Martial Arts. There's no doubt that Frankie Edgar will have to improve his finishing ability, especially when fighting a grinder like Gray Maynard. But believe me, as long as he does the same thing he did against BJ Penn, he will continue to be the UFC Lightweight Champion.
In conclusion, Frankie Edgar deserves much more respect than he gets from MMA fans around the World. Gray Maynard will try to prove the opposite, but until then, it's the Frankie Edgar era.