Frankie Edgar asks UFC for retirement fight, eyes Dominick Cruz as opponent

Frankie Edgar, one of the top mixed martial artists of the past decade, says he intends to retire after making one last appearance with the UFC this year.

Edgar told ESPN he has asked the UFC to book him for another bantamweight fight in November, at an event expected to be held at Madison Square Garden. Win or lose, the former lightweight champion will call it a career afterward.

“Ever since my last fight, I’ve been toying with the idea of ​​retiring,” Edgar told ESPN. “The last two fights obviously didn’t go the way I wanted. If I’m honest I’d fight forever – but that’s kind of selfish for my family and the people who take care of me. I need to announce my retirement so I can fight a retirement battle and sail off into the sunset.”

When asked about the perfect opponent to end his career, Edgar (24-10-1) suggested former UFC and WEC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz, who is set to face Marlon Vera on August 13.

“I’m never one to call or pick anyone, I usually let the UFC or [manager Ali Abdelaziz] Find out,” Edgar said. “But I’m naming a name just because I think it’s more of a legacy fight. I know he has a fight coming up and who knows how that might turn out, but Dominick Cruz – he was a champion at 135 [pounds] when I became champion at 155. We were both pretty much at the top of the division. This could be a fun fight.”

Edgar, 40, has back-to-back KO defeats in 2021. He made his professional debut in 2005 and did not suffer a single KO loss until 2018. However , it has been terminated four times in the last five years .

Edgar, who fights in Toms River, New Jersey, is a popular figure in the sport and should be a safe inductee in the Hall of Fame. He captured the UFC’s lightweight championship in 2010 by upsetting BJ Penn. He went on to defend the belt against Gray Maynard before losing back-to-back very close bouts to Benson Henderson. He then dropped to the featherweight division and twice fought unsuccessfully for the belt against the great Jose Aldo.

He dropped another weight class to bantamweight in 2020, where he has been 1-2 since. Frankie Edgar asks UFC for retirement fight, eyes Dominick Cruz as opponent

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