Frankie-EdgarBefore his career is set, Frankie Edgar will be known as one of the best fighters in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a former UFC lightweight champion, beating the legend and future Hall of Famer, B.J. Penn. He then took part in classic series of fights with two other high-ranked fighters before dropping weight to enter the featherweight division. He is a talented fighter that has had a great career himself, but what are some of the top fights, win or loss, in the career of “The Answer?”

Vs. Gray Maynard at UFC 125 for UFC Lightweight Championship

In 2008, these two men competed at a UFC Fight Night event with Maynard pulling out the win and giving Edgar the first blemish on his then undefeated record. In this rematch, the UFC lightweight title was on the line and in the first round, Maynard appeared to have the championship in his grasps. He rocked Edgar continuously in the early stages of the fight, but Edgar bounced back and did enough to warrant a split draw decision to retain his title in what was the Fight of the Year for 2011.

Vs. Sean Sherk at UFC 98

At this early stage in the UFC career of Edgar, he was 4-1 and was set to take on the biggest name of his professional career. As it turned out, Edgar was on his way to the top of the division and Sherk was soon on his way out of the sport. At this time, Sherk was 35-3-1 and was working towards another title shot in the division. Instead, he battled Edgar for 15 minutes and it was the Answer’s hand being raised when the decision was announced.

Vs. B.J. Penn at UFC 112 for UFC Lightweight Championship

In front of a packed crowd at the first ever UFC event in Abu Dhabi, Edgar took on “The Prodigy” B.J. Penn. It was a fight that most expected to see Penn walk away with the title still around his waist, but it was the complete opposite. In what was an exciting 25 minute war, Edgar earned the unanimous decision win to become the UFC lightweight champion for the first time.

Vs. B.J. Penn at UFC 118 for UFC Lightweight Championship

After their first fight went the distance and was close throughout, the UFC gave Penn an immediate title rematch at Edgar, but the results turned out to be the same. Fighting in front of an excited and rowdy crowd in Boston, these two men went at it for another 25 minutes and at the end of the night, Edgar had successfully defended the title for the first time.

Vs. Benson Henderson at UFC 144 for UFC Lightweight Championship

After successfully defeating Maynard to complete their trilogy of fights, the next person front in front of Edgar for the title was former World Extreme Cagefighting champion, Henderson. In what was much of the norm throughout the career of Edgar, he and Henderson went the distance in this title fight. It turned out to be one of the closest fights in the history of the promotion and it was Henderson that walked away with the world title.

Vs. Jim Miller at Reality Fighting 14 for Reality Fighting Lightweight Championship

In his first chance to compete for a world title in any MMA promotion, Edgar took on another UFC competitor in Miller. This was the second time Edgar competed in the promotion and 15 minutes after entering the cage for the second time, he had become the world champion. He would never defend the title as his next fight was inside the Octagon.