Profile: Frankie Edgar, Clarion Alumni

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               One of Clarion’s most famous alumni is Frankie Edgar, a mixed martial artist originally from Toms River, New Jersey, who currently competes as a Featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He competed as a Lightweight from 2005-2012. Frankie Edgar attended Clarion University, where he majored in Political Science, and wrestled for the Golden Eagles from 2001-2005. He qualified for the nationals all four years he was on the team. Two of Edgar’s fighting nicknames are The Answer and Rocky Balboa of MMA.

He is skilled in wrestling, boxing, and Muay Thai, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which he has a black belt in. He is a UFC Lightweight Champion and won Fight of the Night (seven times), Knockout of the Night (one time), and Performance of the Night (two times) through the UFC. He also won the Fight of the Year title through the World MMA Awards for his fight against Gray Maynard and 2012 Fight of the Year Award through ESPN for his fight against Benson Henderson. In addition to this, Frankie Edgar won Fight of the Year for 2011 for his fight with gray Maynard, 2011 All-Violence Second Team, and 2014 All-Violence First Team through Sherdog, a Mixed Martial Arts website. Edgar’s current record is 21-5-1, meaning he has won 21 fights, lost five, and there was a draw for one.    

Below is a list of fights won by Frankie Edgar:

·         July 10, 2005 -Won against Eric Ursek at UCL: Underground combat League

·         October 29, 2005 -Won against Mark Getto at Ring of Combat 9

·         December 10, 2005 -Won against Jerome Isip at SportFighting 2

·         April 14, 2006 -Won against Steve McCabe at Ring of Combat 10

·         August 5, 2006 -Won against Deividas Taurosevičius at RF 13: Battle at the Beach

·         November 18, 2006 -Won against Jim Miller at Reality Fighting 14

·         February 3, 3007 -Won against Tyson Griffin at UFC 67

·         July 7, 2007 -Won against Mark Bocek at UFC 73

·         November 17, 2007 -Won against Spencer Fisher at UFC 78

·         July 19, 2008 -Won against Hermes Franca at UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin

·         May 23, 2009 -Won against Sean Sherk at UFC 98

·         December 5, 2009 -Won against Matt Veach at The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale

·         April 10, 2010 -Won against B.J. Penn at UFC 112

·         August 28, 2010 -Won against B.J. Penn at UFC 118

·         October 8, 2011 -Won against Gray Maynard at UFC 136

·         July 6, 2013 -Won against Charles Oliveira at UFC 162

·         July 6, 2014 -Won against B.J. Penn at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Finale

·         November 22, 2014 -Won against Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson

·         May 16, 2015 -Won against Urijah Faber at UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber

·         December 11, 2015 -Won against Chad Mendes at The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber Finale

·         November 12, 2016 -Won against Jeremy Stephens at UFC 205