Toms River, New Jersey native, Frankie Edgar has never shied away from a challenge as he was quickly introduced to the grueling sport of wrestling at a young age. Ever the hard worker, Edgar like many successful NCAA Division 1 standouts, was tasked with the question of what was next on the agenda. Like many college wrestlers, Edgar made the choice of transitioning from an expert in one form of combat into a expert in all forms of combat.
The trouble facing Edgar in becoming a complete fighter was always something in the back of people’s minds as he sort of sneaked into the title picture and surprisingly defeated then champion, BJ Penn. After two back-to-back razor thin decision losses against Ben Henderson, Edgar had made the decision to move down in weight and try and conquer the UFC’s featherweight division. The only problem was that waiting there to greet him was the dominant champion, Jose Aldo.
After a disputed decision loss to Aldo, Edgar was in no man’s land as the loss marked the third consecutive time he walked out of the octagon a loser. Edgar was dealt with a challenge, but challenges are sort of his specialty as the former UFC lightweight champion went on a tear. The five straight victories, which include three finishes against Cub Swanson, BJ Penn, and most recently Chad Mendes, earned him another shot at the gold but with Conor McGregor putting his Featherweight title on hold, Edgar has to settle for a shot at the interim UFC title against Aldo.
Despite Jose Aldo’s claims that Edgar has not evolved as a fighter, what can’t be disputed is the fact that Edgar is carrying a ton of momentum into UFC 200, while questions surround Aldo. The last time Aldo was in the octagon, he was quickly knocked out cold by Conor McGregor following a five round skirmish against Chad Mendes nearly a year prior. The two Nova Uniao standouts, Jose Aldo and Renan Barao were once recognized as two of the pound for pound best fighters, but today they appear a lot more pedestrian.
Frankie Edgar on the other hand has looked like a man possessed and in just a few days the somewhat long awaited rematch will commence as the Toms River product will be present on the UFC’s biggest card to date in the fight that will likely steal the show.