Frankie “The Answer” Edgar looks to bounce back at UFC Fight Night 128. He gets set to take on the veteran Cub Swanson just 78 days after his TKO loss to Brian Ortega.
Picking up the pieces
Coming off his first-ever stoppage loss in his career to Brian Ortega, many in the MMA community thought that Frankie was jumping back on the saddle too quickly, including his manager and good friend Ali Abdelaziz.
Speaking recently on the MMA Hour, Ariel Helwani asked Abdelaziz about his concern for Frankie’s rather quick turn around.
“You know I was against it,” Abdelaziz said. “I was probably the only one who was against it. But who am I to tell f*cking Frankie Edgar, he’s a living legend. But this is the first time he didn’t listen to me.”
It’s easy to see Ali believes Edgar may be jumping back in too quickly. He still supports his good friend and client fully and is confident Edgar can pick up the win.
“This is what he wanted, and I’m gonna be there with him, and see him beat Cub again. I know hands down he’s gonna whoop on Cub again. Maybe he’s even gonna finish him in the earlier rounds too. I’ve never seen Frankie Edgar with a vengeance, now we have a dangerous Frankie Edgar.”
Ali shares insight into Edgar’s mindset coming off his loss and that Frankie is coming into Atlantic City with a chip on his shoulder. He will no doubt be itching to prove he’s still one of the best fighters in the world and to try and get another crack at that 145-pound title in his home state of New Jersey.
A different breed of toughness
Frankie Edgar is a grizzled veteran in the rough and evolving sport of MMA, and he knows better then anyone the possible dangers of a quick turnaround coming off a knockout.
“I know I’m getting flack from people, and you guys are having shows about whether I’m taking this fight too soon or not, and that’s fine, that’s part of it. I mean I know what I’m putting on the line here, and I feel comfortable doing it. So, I’m ready to go and prove people wrong again.”
Edgar already has a win over Cub Swanson from back in 2014, when he submitted Cub in the fifth round. Beating a top #5 ranked guy in Swanson could put Frankie right back into title-shot opportunity.