- Frankie Edgar reportedly notified the UFC about his retirement
- “The Answer” appears to be certain about no longer being in active status as a UFC fighter
After being on the wrong end of three of the most shocking knockouts in the bantamweight division as of late, Frankie Edgar has decided to call it a career. While Edgar has made it clear that he’s retiring ahead of his last fight, the former UFC lightweight champion wants to make it official and has now notified the UFC about it.
Following another humiliating KO loss at UFC 281 against Chris Gutierrez, Edgar reckoned that it’s time to call it quits. However, “The Answer” wants to cement is once and for all and make it clear to everybody that his status as a UFC fighter is no longer active, per MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin.
“Frankie Edgar officially notified the UFC of his retirement,” Martin tweeted. “UFC officials confirmed on Monday, It might seem like a formality but some fighters “retire” but stay in the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) testing pool, etc. This cements Frankie’s retirement, at least where the UFC is concerned.”
Frankie Edgar officially notified the UFC of his retirement.
UFC officials confirmed on Monday.
It might seem like a formality but some fighters "retire" but stay in the USADA testing pool, etc. This cements Frankie's retirement, at least where the UFC is concerned.
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) November 21, 2022
A legend nevertheless
Despite his ugly skid en route to retirement, Edgard is still considered an MMA legend and a UFC all-time great. Since winning the Ultimate Fighter season 10 in 2009, Edgar immediately became a UFC champion after beating B.J. Penn twice in their first two fights.
In 2013, “The Answer” fought another legendary fighter in Jose Aldo but failed to dethrone the then-featherweight king at UFC 156. He went on and beat the best fighters in the 145-pound division, including Uriah Faber, Charles Oliveira, and Chad Mendes. However, Edgar lost to Aldo again in their title fight rematch at UFC 200.
In 2020, Edgar moved to bantamweight and made a successful debut with a win over Pedro Munhoz. Sadly, it turned out to be his first and final victory in the division. Nevertheless, he is still one of the best fighters of all time in the eyes of true MMA fans.