Frankie "The Answer" Edgar returns to the Octagon on July 27 to challenge for the Ultimate Fighting Championship's featherweight title. Edgar hasn't stepped into the cage since April 2018 when he defeated Cub Swanson via unanimous decision.
For his 2019 debut, Edgar will finally get to face the 145-pound champion Max Holloway. They've been matched up twice before, but injuries have kept them from ever actually touching gloves. "The Answer" tells James Lynch at The Score MMA that he's had "Blessed" on his mind for quite some time. "I just feel like I've been preparing for Max for almost, you know, 2 1/2 years now."
Despite Holloway coming off an April loss to new interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier, he still sits as the favorite against Edgar. The 37-year-old from Toms River, New Jersey is not fazed by his underdog status: "It's a familiar spot for me, you know, a lot of people tend to overlook me," concedes Edgar.
With a fight camp on the horizon, the New Jersey native reveals that featherweight prospect Zabit Magomedsharipov will join him for training. "He's a monster, man. He's definitely the future of this division. And, yeah, I'm super pumped to have him to get ready for Max, you know, I think if any, he's probably the best training partner I could have for Max."
Edgar holds a 23-6-1 mixed martial arts record and is a former UFC lightweight champion. With such a pedigree, Edgar understands exactly how his clash with Holloway will play out. "Yeah, I think we're gonna both meet in the middle, we're gonna let it fly," said the fighter. "I know he's hungry, I know I'm hungry. I've been kind of gunning for this title for such a long time now that I'm gonna leave it all in there and I'm pretty sure Max will too."