This Month’s MMA Birthdays: Frankie Edgar Turns 36

By Brian Knapp Oct 2, 2017

Still going strong well into his 30s, Frankie Edgar has a well-established reputation as one of MMA’s most durable and consistent competitors. The man they call “The Answer” will celebrate his 36th birthday on Oct. 16.

One of nine fighters who have captured the undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight crown, Edgar held the title for 687 days -- the second-longest reign at 155 pounds in the history of the promotion. The New Jersey native has compiled a stellar 16-5-1 record in the UFC, including wins over B.J. Penn (three), Sean Sherk, Gray Maynard, Charles Oliveira, Cub Swanson, Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes and Jeremy Stephens. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under former Pancrase champion Ricardo Almeida, Edgar has never been finished in his 28-fight career. He last competed at UFC 211 on May 13, when he scored a second-round technical knockout against highly regarded prospect Yair Rodriguez, the victory putting him on a short list of potential suitors for current featherweight champion Max Holloway. Before he transitioned to mixed martial arts, Edgar wrestled collegiately at Clarion University in Pennsylvania, where he was a four-time national qualifier.

Others in MMA celebrating a birthday during the month of October:

OCT. 1

Helio Gracie, 1913-2009
Devin Cole, 41
Jerrod Sanders, 37
Ryan LaFlare, 34

OCT. 2

David Heath, 41
Takayo Hashi, 40
Ed Herman, 37
Alex Reyes, 31

OCT. 3

Thiago Alves, 34
Leo Kuntz, 34
Dave Herman, 33
Seok Mo Kim, 31
Sirwan Kakai, 28

OCT. 4

Milton Vieira, 39
Joshua Burkman, 37
Liam McGeary, 35
Alexis Davis, 33
Ralek Gracie, 32
Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger, 32
Andrew Bard, 30
Erik Koch, 29
Michinori Tanaka, 27

OCT. 5

Hiromitsu Kanehara, 47
Rich Franklin, 43
Matt Hamill, 41
Robert Drysdale, 36

OCT. 6

Olly Bradstreet, 34
Brett Martinez, 31
Masio Fullen, 30
Yair Rodriguez, 25

OCT. 7

Akihiro Gono, 43
Kyacey Uscola, 36
Chris Mickle, 34
Yuta Sasaki, 28

OCT. 8

Siala-Mou Siliga, 47
Ryo Chonan, 41
Francisco Rivera, 36
Will Brooks, 31

OCT. 9

Gene LeBell, 85
Josh Diekmann, 41
Luis Palomino, 37
Jorge Santiago, 37
Blagoy Ivanov, 31

OCT. 10

Brad Mitchell, 43
Brandon Vera, 40
Douglas Evans, 37
Terry Martin, 37
Doo Won Seo, 36
Carla Esparza, 30
Jordan Mein, 28

OCT. 11

Francis Carmont, 36
Nick Denis, 34
Desmond Green, 28
Dave Burrow, 26

OCT. 12

Fred Ettish, 62
“Big” John McCarthy, 55
Wes Sims, 48
Jason High, 36
Bashir Ahmad, 35
Ronnie Mann, 31
Omari Akhmedov, 30
Kyoji Horiguchi, 27

OCT. 13

Matt Hughes, 44
Bryan Baker, 32
Talita Nogueira, 32
John Albert, 31

OCT. 14

Kathina Catron, 32
Tony Sims, 32
Jim Alers, 31
Josh Grispi, 29

OCT. 15

Art Arciniega, 36
Jacob Draves, 35
Vaughan Lee, 35
Karolina Kowalkiewicz, 32

OCT. 16

Kazuyuki Fujita, 47
Mike Hayes, 37
Frankie Edgar, 36
Maximo Blanco, 34

OCT. 17

Joey Villasenor, 42
Rex Richards, 37
Holly Holm, 36
Ben Rothwell, 36
Buddy Roberts, 35
Luke Rockhold, 33
Edimilson Souza, 33
Charles Oliveira, 28

OCT. 18

Stoney Hale, 38
Alonzo Menifield, 30
Jorina Baars, 29
Ji Yeon Kim, 28

OCT. 19

Yukiko Seki, 47
Gilbert Smith, 36
Terry Etim, 32
Drew Dober, 29
Sabah Homasi, 29
Sean Powers, 28

OCT. 20

John Fraser, 40
Hayder Hassan, 35
Paul Redmond, 31
Ashley Yoder, 30

OCT. 21

Clint Godfrey, 35
Shawn Jordan, 33
Ed Ruth, 27
Lowen Tynanes, 27

OCT. 22

Ajlin Ahmic, 33
Kosuke Suzuki, 33
Rin Nakai, 31
Amanda Bobby Cooper, 26

OCT. 23

Jason Butcher, 33
Jeremy May, 31
Adam Piccolotti, 29
Andre Soukhamthath, 29

OCT. 24

Orlando Wiet, 52
David Mitchell, 38
James McSweeney, 37
Mark Bocek, 36
Jesse Forbes, 33
Kelvin Gastelum, 26
James Gallagher, 21

OCT. 25

Eric Davila, 41
Jeremiah O’Neal, 40
Keith Wisniewski, 36
Augusto Montano, 33
Danielle Taylor, 28

OCT. 26

Alejandro Villalobos, 39
Seth Baczynski, 36
Cindy Dandois, 33
Rafael dos Anjos, 33

OCT. 27

Semmy Schilt, 44
Sherron Leggett, 39
Misaki Takimoto, 37
Julio Arce, 28

OCT. 28

Jigoro Kano, 1860-1938
Bobby Hoffman, 51
Alex Chambers, 39
Glover Teixeira, 38
L.C. Davis, 37
Will Noland, 37

OCT. 29

Will Kerr, 35
Jason Langellier, 34
Antonio Braga Neto, 30
Matthew Lozano, 29

OCT. 30

Hong Man Choi, 37
Katsunori Kikuno, 36
Ed West, 34
Veronica Macedo, 22

OCT. 31

Keith Jardine, 42
Joe Warren, 41
Daniel Kelly, 40
Waylon Lowe, 37
Yoshiro Maeda, 26
Myles Jury, 29

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