Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar is hoping to reschedule his UFC featherweight title fight with Max Holloway early next year, after a facial injury forced him to pull out of the original matchup.
Just four weeks out from UFC 218, Edgar (22-5-1) suffered an accident in training which led to a broken orbital bone. As a result he was unable to compete in his match up with current Featherweight champion Holloway (19-3) who subsequently beat replacement Jose Aldo with a third-round TKO.
The 36 year old has made it clear he won’t let this minor set back deter him however. In the next few days he should be cleared to fight again, and could be ready to face young champion, Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway as early as March.
“You got to crack eggs to make an omelette sometimes,” said Edgar in a recent interview.
“I’ve been in this game for a long time. That’s never happened. Nothing crazy, I wasn’t being negligent, just sparring. To get ready for a guy like Max Holloway you’ve got to spar decent. Four weeks, I wish I could go back and maybe change things, but it’s just the way it goes.”
“I think it was a freak accident,” he went on. “It’s tough to not take hits. I’m training for a fight, have guys punching and kicking at me. It was really a freak accident. I’m really not anticipating something like that to happen again.”
If all goes to plan we could see Edgar square off with Holloway at UFC 222 in Las Vegas, where the New Jersey native believes he has all it takes to dethrone the current champ. Though he is under no illusions regarding the task that lies ahead of him.
“I’m just going to give the credit to Holloway,” Edgar said. “Aldo looked good first and second round, then Holloway turned it on just like the first fight. The guy is phenomenal. He throws a bunch of punches. He’s a tough mountain to climb right now.”