- Frankie Edgar talked about retirement and fighting for the last time
- The former lightweight champ has set his sights on Dominick Cruz
After another brutal loss, Frankie Edgar is well aware that time is no longer on his side. He is edging closer to the end of his MMA career and he’s not shying away from it. However, “The Answer” wants to close it out with one final bout.
Ready to end it at 40
In a recent interview with ESPN, Edgar confessed that he has been thinking about calling it a career since his last fight in the UFC. However, he’s torn between choosing to “fight forever” or hang the gloves for good. For his family, “The Answer” chose to retire but he wants to make it formal by stepping inside the octagon for the last time.
“I’ve been kicking the idea of retirement around since my last fight,” Edgar admitted. “The last two fights obviously didn’t go the way I wanted them to. If I’m being honest, I would fight forever — but that’s kind of selfish to my family and the people that care about me. I need to announce my retirement so I can have a retirement fight and sail off into the sunset.”
One for his legacy
As for the opponent, Edgar said that he’s not really the type of fighter who likes to call out guys but for his retirement fight, he’d like to go for “a legacy fight” with fellow former champion Dominick Cruz.
“I’m never one to call out or pick anybody, I usually let the UFC or [manager Ali Abdelaziz] figure that out,” he explained. “But I’ll say a name, just because I think it’s more of a legacy fight. I know he has a fight coming up and who knows how that could go down, but Dominick Cruz — he was a champion at 135 [pounds] when I was champion at 155. We were both pretty much the top of the division. That could be a fun fight.”
As things stand, Edgar is coming off back-to-back KO losses while Cruz is already slated for a fight with Marlon Vera on Aug. 13. Nevertheless, the match between the pair is still interesting, especially with the storyline Edgar has put into it. Let’s see how the UFC will take it.