Although lightweight champ Frankie Edgar captured the title nearly five months ago, and solidified his status as the planet’s top dog by thrashing former king BJ Penn last weekend at UFC 118, some are still reluctant to accept the fact there’s a new sheriff in town.
“To me, it doesn’t matter,” Edgar said of the skeptics. “I believe in myself. I know my team believes in me. If it takes time to get you guys to believe in me, I’ll do that too.”
While controversy immediately irrupted after Edgar’s unanimous decision victory was announced at UFC 112, their mulligan left no doubt as to who the division’s new ruler is. Despite entering Beantown with championship belt in tow, the Jersey boy attacked Penn as if he were the challenger and had something to prove.
“I think every fighter should fight with a chip on their shoulder,” Edgar stated. “I definitely wanted to make it decisive and not leave any questions, but I think [getting a decisive win] was more important for [the media] than it was for me.”
Edgar boasts a nearly perfect 13-1 record, including back-to-back wins over the man most consider to be the division’s G.O.A.T. With a chance to avenge your only professional blemish waiting in the wings, surely the haters will finally jump aboard your bandwagon once you beat Gray Maynard, right?
“I go in every fight trying to win and trying to do my best. That’s all I can do,” said the humble champ. “Hopefully [it] will get some of you off my back.”