Edgar On Contract Extension: ‘Money Talks’
With the UFC since 2007 and competing professionally since 2005, Frankie Edgar understands how the fight game works. Whether it be matchmaking or pay, Edgar is looking to do well for himself and his family, by any means necessary.
Speaking on the Joe Rogan Experience MMA Show, Edgar (23-8-1) stated he only has one fight left on his current UFC deal. In prior years Edgar may have already signed a new contract. Now, however, he is looking out for himself and his family.
”Money talks,” Edgar stated, via Sherdog. “But honestly, if I’m being straight up, where do I want to finish my career? I do want to finish in the UFC. I got in the UFC (at) 5-0, and pretty much grew up here. It’d be nice to finish, but everything has to make sense.”
Edgar has seen Eddie Alvarez, Cris Cyborg and Rory MacDonald move to other promotions for more money, allowing him to keep his options open. A win in his next bout would help his cause with the UFC, especially being on a two-fight losing streak.
Originally set to face Corey Sandhagen at UFC Raleigh this past weekend in a bantamweight bout, Edgar was placed in a last-minute December matchup against Chan Sung Jung. Fighting as a featherweight, Edgar got knocked out in the first round of the fight. The loss, and situation surrounding it, is something Edgar continues to think about.
“Obviously, the fight with ‘Korean Zombie,’ I felt like I never got a chance to get going,” Edgar continued. “He got me with a good shot. I was really down on myself. That was a tough one. I was really down on myself for awhile. Nobody takes losses well — no one competitive. I definitely took it pretty bad. Christmas was right here. In my head, I took the fight on short notice. But I never once took a fight and didn’t think I was going to win — two weeks’ notice. I was in shape. I was training – not like I was training for a fight, but I was training pretty good. I believe in myself.”
A former UFC Lightweight Champion, Edgar could have stayed at featherweight. While he had some success, he ended up 3-4 in his last seven. Edgar’s goal is to now stick to his initial plan, with hope that a future matchup is right around the corner.
“I’m going to go down to 135,” Edgar said. “I’m probably like 156 right now. … My last fight, I was getting down to 145. I got down to 144.5. That’s only 8.5 over where I’ve got to be to make 136. It was such an easy cut for this last time. … I think late spring or early summer, [I’ll be back] at 135.”