Edgar Lays Out Plan To 135, Talks Loss to Zombie
Franke Edgar did not end 2019 on a good note, as he was dropped in the first round of his UFC Busan main event against the Korean Zombie.
And while he fell short in his short-notice fight against a man he was supposed to fight in 2018, the New Jersey native is proud he stepped in and made the fight happen.
“It was something I did,” Edgar told MMA Fighting. “You can’t go back and dwell on sh*t you can’t change anyways. No regrets for me.
“Obviously, I wanted a different outcome, but I took the opportunity. It didn’t go my way. Sh*t happens, but those are the breaks. I was definitely depressed for a little bit, a little down on myself, but you move on. What else are you going to do?”
“He caught me with a good shot,” he said of Zombie who broke Edgar’s orbital bone. “I’m sure I’ll look at it and I’ll be a little critical of something I did, but he’s on a tear,” Edgar said. “He’s been putting dudes away for a long time. He got me with a good shot. I did my best to stand there as long as I could, but it’s the way it went.”
With his face in need of healing, Edgar is no longer set to face Cory Sandhagen in Edgar’s bantamweight debut for the UFC’s January 25th fight night in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“I broke my orbital,” Edgar said of his broken face. “Nothing super bad, no surgery. Just six weeks to heal and I’m good to go.”
“I’m going to go down to bantamweight… That was the whole plan before this obviously. The cards have been stacked against me my whole career being the smaller guy. Going out there and fighting in Korea on short notice, that kind of stacked the cards even more. I think what I need to do is put myself in a favorable position to win my next fight, and that’s at 135.”
“I’m not worried about anything right now,” Edgar said. “I’m not thinking of anything yet. I want to heal up. I’m already back in the gym doing what I can do right now, obviously not getting punched in the face or anything, but just trying to improve.
“I’m going to see what the UFC says, what they want from me. Coming off two losses, even though they’re up a weight class, I don’t know what they’re going to give me. But I’m always game.”