“It was great,” he said of his five-round decision win. “My conditioning was on point, my speed was on point, I listened to my coaches, combinations were flowing. The leg kicks didn’t feel very good (Laughs), but other than that, I felt pretty good.”
Dare we say it looked like the “old” Frankie Edgar in there and not an old Frankie Edgar?
“I felt like it kinda was. It was a heart and guts type of fight and a Fight of the Night,” he said. “I started in the UFC with a Fight of the Night, and my last one was a Fight of the Night, so I like that trend. I feel like I am. I’m not older; I’m wiser.”
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That first of eight Fight of the Night awards for the 39-year-old was against Tyson Griffin on a star-studded UFC 67 card where the lightweights stole the show from the likes of Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Mirko Cro Cop. And just like the Munhoz fight, Edgar’s leg had to take a little abuse before the final bell sounded.
“You gotta take your lumps,” he laughed. “That’s what makes it entertaining.”
Edgar has always delivered on that note, and he’s always been Mr. Reliable when it comes to working harder than anyone in the room back home in Jersey. That’s rare, especially as a fighter gets older, but he hasn’t altered his approach to training in the slightest.