Frankie Edgar is one of the smaller fighters that you will see competing in the 155-pound division. His 5’6” frame is better built for the 145-pound Featherweight division. Since the UFC does not carry that division, all Edgar can do is work hard and get better. Which is exactly what he has been doing since his loss to Gray Maynard at Fight Night 13.
Edgar (8-1) looks to rebound off the only loss in his MMA career at UFC Fight Night 14 against a man that was in a title fight in his lsat bout with the UFC. Hermes Franca was one of the most exciting and dangerous fighters in the weight class before he lost to Sean Sherk at UFC 73.
Unfortunately, after the bout he was suspended for a year by the California State Athletic Commission for testing positive for a banned substance. This will be his first fight off of the suspension.
“He’s paid his dues and now he’s back,” Edgar said of Franca. “Hermes is one of my most dangerous opponents to date. He’s got bricks for hands and is one of the best ground fighters in the sport. I’m sure he’s ready to get back in there and fight.”
Edgar was beat at his own game his last time in the Octagon, as the bigger Maynard out-wrestled him and won a unanimous decision. He knew that he needed to improve his ground game to make sure that if he was on his back again he would able to be a threat. He reached sought tutelage from one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters in the world in Ricardo Almeida.
“If he’s (Almeida) not the best, he’s definitely one of the best submission guys out there,” Edgar said of his new Jui Jitsu mentor. “It’s been great to train with a crafty veteran like him. He’s been in the game a long time and has a lot of resources he’s allowed me to use. I’ve learned a lot already and I’m pumped to use some of those skills against Hermes.”
A loss will drive any fighter crazy, but to suffer your very first loss, obviously Edgar is eager to get back on the winning track.
“A loss can exemplify your flaws more than a win can,” Edgar stated. “I’m glad the UFC put me in this situation to fight a dangerous opponent like Hermes. I don’t want to skate by fighting so-so opponents. I don’t want to be known as the guy who beat so-so fighters. I want to be known as the guy who beat the best.”
“It’s just the competitor in me,” Edgar added. “Coming off a loss, I definitely don’t want two losses in a row. I’m always motivated, but losing may have put a little fire under me. I’m not going away with two losses. I’m getting that ‘W’.”
He’s exciting, he’s hungry, and he is eager. It should be an explosive fight as both fighters have something to prove.