Last month, featherweight stalwart Frankie Edgar was getting scraped off the canvas after being clobbered by Brian Ortega at UFC 222.
Edgar, who was supposed to challenge Max Holloway for the belt, was now on the list of medically suspended fighters who must chill on the sidelines while their brains heal.
But here we are, about seven weeks later, and Edgar is stepping back into the Octagon for the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 128. His opponent, Cub Swanson, is someone he’s beaten before. However, if anyone is capable of slinging hard leather, it’s Swanson. Which makes us suddenly have to worry for our favorite New Jersey native.
Please don’t get KO’d again, Frankie. Please don’t KO’d.
Edgar knows there are those among us who are worried. But his interview with MMAJunkie doesn’t really allay our fears.
Edgar raised eyebrows when he announced he’d gotten back into the gym shortly after the Ortega loss to begin sparring, forcing him to clarify that he hadn’t taken any head shots in violation of his mandatory medical suspension.
The former UFC lightweight champ knows well of other fighter’s who’ve returned too quickly to the cage only to suffer another devastating loss. He just believes the circumstances he faces are different.
“I guess we’re going to know for sure on Saturday night, but I believe in myself, I believe in my skills, and I believe in my team,” he said. “I know I took a loss, I was stopped, I didn’t go all the way out, and everyone’s going to doubt that, but I know who I am.”
I’m tuning in on Saturday and watching with baited breath. It would break my heart to see Edgar go out yet again.