UFC star Frankie Edgar hopeful for last fight, looks at Dominick Cruz

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Frankie Edgar wants one last time UFC fightand he has the perfect opponent and the perfect way to escape into the sunset.

Edgar wants to compete most recently at UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden in New York on November 11th. This was reported to ESPN on December 12 by his manager Ali Abedelaziz.

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Frankie Edgar's reaction to losing to Marlon Vera in their bantamweight bout during UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden on November 21.  December 6, 2021 in New York.

Frankie Edgar’s reaction to losing to Marlon Vera in their bantamweight bout during UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden on November 21. December 6, 2021 in New York.
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“I think that would be cool” Edgar said. “It would be a very cool send-off to Madison Square Garden. It’s pretty much in my backyard. I’ve been training with Renzo for so many years, that would be a pretty cool send off.”

Edgar, 40, is from Toms River, New Jersey and runs the UFC gym in North Brunswick. He last fought in the UFC in November 2021 at UFC 268 and lost to Maron Vera by knockout.

He said he would like to have one last fight with Dominick Cruz.

“I never challenge or choose anyone. I usually let the UFC and Ali deal with it,” he said. “But I’ll only name it because I think it’s more of a legacy fight and I know he’s got a fight ahead of him and who knows how that could have happened, but I’m thinking of Dominick Cruz. He was the 135 pound champion when I was the 155 pound champion. We were both at the top of the division. I think it could be an interesting fight.”

Frankie Edgar steps on the scale during the official weigh-in ahead of UFC 268 on November 5, 2021 at the Hilton Midtown Hotel in New York, NY.

Frankie Edgar steps on the scale during the official weigh-in ahead of UFC 268 on November 5, 2021 at the Hilton Midtown Hotel in New York, NY.
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Edgar hasn’t had much success in the octagon lately. He has two wins in seven fights since 2018. He last defeated Pedro Munoz in 2020 at UFC on ESPN 15 via split decision.

The Answer was a one-time UFC lightweight champion and defended the title three times, and his fight against Gray Maynard in 2011 was named “Fight of the Year” by Sherdog and the World MMA Awards. The two fought to a draw, and Edgar retained lightweight title.

Frankie Edgar warms up for a fight during UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden on November 11.  December 6, 2021 in New York.

Frankie Edgar warms up for a fight during UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden on November 11. December 6, 2021 in New York.
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Edgar said that as he considered retirement, he began to think about his family and his loved ones.

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“I’ve kind of been nurturing the idea of ​​retiring since my last fight. The last couple of fights obviously didn’t go the way I wanted, but I, to be honest, I would fight forever. , “You know? But it’s selfish to my family and the people who care about me, so I think I need to sort of announce my retirement, retire so I can float away into the sunset for a bit,” he said.