Frank James “Frankie” Edgar (born October 16, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist who competes as a featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is a former UFC Lightweight Champion. He holds notable victories over former world champions Sean Sherk, B.J. Penn (x3), Urijah Faber, Grey Maynard and top featherweight contender Chad Mendes. As of December 21, 2015, Edgar is ranked as the #2 featherweight in official UFC rankings.
Born and raised in Toms River, New Jersey by Frank and Mary Annese, Frankie Edgar wrestled at Toms River High School East, making it to the New Jersey state championship tournament on three occasions, placing second as a junior and fifth as a senior. Edgar is the oldest of 3 children, Edgar went on to compete in the NHSCA Senior Nationals and placed second before he finished high school. He continued wrestling at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he qualified for the nationals all four years there. Edgar is also an assistant coach for the Rutgers University wrestling team. Frankie is mostly of Italian descent with his mother being Italian, and he also has some German ancestry from his biological father’s side, which is reflected in his non-Italian surname.
Edgar entered his first mixed martial arts fight with only a few weeks of training outside of his wrestling background. Edgar originally trained with Rob Guarino of Rhino Fight Team, but today he is part of the Gracie system under Ricardo Almeida in Hamilton, NJ, who is part of the Gracie Barra team. Since seventh grade, Edgar has wrestled with Steve Rivera at Elite Wrestling NJ in Jackson, NJ. His boxing trainer is Mark Henry of Millstone, NJ.
UFC Lightweight World Champion
Made three (3) successful title defenses (2-0-1) before loss to Henderson in Japan.
Fight of the Night (7) Times, Tied for All-Time Leader in UFC History with (7)
Knockout of the Night (1) Time
Performance of the Night (2) Times
2010 ESPY Best Upset of the Year Nominee
2011 World MMA Fight of the Year Award vs Grey Maynard
2012 ESPN Fight of the Year Award vs Ben Henderson
PRO CAREER RECORD 20-4-1
Edgar and his wife, Renee, were married ten days after UFC Fight Night 13. The couple have two sons— Francesco and Santino James. They also have one daughter— Valentina.