Frankie Edgar: ‘I just want to get back to the title’

Frankie Edgar's motivation to rematch B.J. Penn is simple - he wants to work his way back to a title shot. The former lightweight…

By: Karim Zidan | 9 years ago
Frankie Edgar: ‘I just want to get back to the title’
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Frankie Edgar’s motivation to rematch B.J. Penn is simple – he wants to work his way back to a title shot.

The former lightweight champion is coming off a second coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter, this time against fellow former champion Penn. The two competitors are scheduled to meet in a trilogy fight next month in Las Vegas, and Edgar believes it is a contest that could put him back in title contention.

“It’s the competitive nature of B.J. (Penn), you know. I’m a competitor myself, and I guess those wins that I have over him still sting on him, and he just wants a chance to get back at it.” Edgar told Submission Radio.”My motivation is, I just want to get back to the title. You know, in order to do that I’m gonna have to win every fight in front of me. And just the fact that I don’t wanna lose the third time out. I won twice (against B.J.), for sure I don’t wanna lose the third time out.”

Edgar also discussed a potential match-up against Irish star Conor McGregor, who he is more than willing to compete against in the future.

“If he makes it to that point where we can meet, yeah of course. You know, I think he’s a good fighter, I think he has a lot of potential, he knows how to promote himself, he knows how to put himself in the media. So he’s got all the tools.”

The former lightweight champion also revealed that he was originally pitched the idea of coaching TUF against Urijah Faber, but that they could not come to an agreement on the weight class.

“They first came up to me and said Urijah was a possible opposing coach, but I was at 145, he was at 135. I wasn’t willing to go all the way to 135, and I don’t think he was willing to come up to 145. So I think that’s how it ended up B.J. taking that spot.”

Edgar was highly complimentary of the Team Alpha Male founder and was open to a potential match-up at 145lb.

“Urijah’s a legend in this game, and he’s one of the best lighter-weight guys to do it, and that’s an intriguing match-up, me versus Urijah.”

Ultimately, Edgar believes a win over Penn would get him significantly closer to a title shot against the winner between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes.

“If not right after B.J. maybe one more, but I’m definitely vying for it I’ll do what I gotta do to get there.

The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale takes place July 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Karim Zidan
Karim Zidan

Karim Zidan is a investigative reporter and feature writer focusing on the intersection of sports and politics. He has written for BloodyElbow since 2014 and has served as an associate editor since 2016. He also writes for The New York Times and The Guardian. Karim has been invited to speak about his work at numerous universities, including Princeton, and was a panelist at the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival and the Oslo Freedom Forum. He also participated in the United Nations counter-terrorism conference in 2021. His reporting on Ramzan Kadyrov’s involvement in MMA, much of which was done for Bloody Elbow, has led to numerous award nominations, and was the basis of an award-winning HBO Real Sports documentary.

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