UFC veteran Frankie Edgar spoke to Cory Sandhagen about the effects of the flying knee knockout he suffered last weekend. He has no memory of who he fought or how long he prepared for the competition.
Edgar suffered the third loss in his last four bouts against aspiring bantamweight Sandhagen at the UFC event in Las Vegas on Saturday, but perhaps more worrying than the career setback the former lightweight champion suffered at the Octagon was the aftermath.
Edgar told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that he would then have to ask his coaching team for the identity of the opponent who defeated him less than 30 seconds in the first round – and when he was told this, Edgar said he couldn’t even contact Remember training or being booked to take part in combat, adding further weight to the ongoing debate about head injuries in contact sports such as mixed martial arts.
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“It’s part of the game; I’ll share it,” Edgar announced. “I’m not proud of that, of course. Some people might think it’s scary, but I’ve seen things like this before, and if you’re in the fighting game, you’ve probably heard these stories before.”
“I was in the back. I remember sitting around the doctor. [coaches Mark Henry and Ricardo Almeida] were next to me and I’m like, ‘Damn it, Mark. What happened?’ He says, “You fought.” And I just couldn’t remember who the fuck had fought against. I ask, “Who would I fight against?”
“And he said: ‘Sandhagen.’ And I’m trying to remember how I trained for the guy and I couldn’t remember training for him, I said, “Since when should I fight him?” And he says, “Fuck two months . We’ve been training for two months. “
Wow, this shit is scary. Time to retire and take care of your health. Another KO or two could damage his brain way too much
– MKKM🃏 (@SliceOfM) February 11, 2021
Man, I hate hearing someone like Frankie talk like that. It’s so hard not to worry about him, but even harder not to respect him even more for speaking so openly about something so devastating.
– Sam O (@ SamOakley3) February 11, 2021
Edgar went on to say when asked what the date was he replied first “September” and then “December” but said that his memory returned while he was on his way to the hospital for a cat scan.
“I remember the warm-up. I even remember the first 20 seconds of the fight,” said Edgar. “I’ve been doing that all my life. I understand the risk.”
The outcome of the bout shows a worrying trend for Edgar, who had never lost the distance in the first 14 years of his professional career. However, since 2018 it has been completed by Chan Sung Jung, Brian Ortega and now Sandhagen.
Edgar’s drop in earnings was noticed by reigning UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who told RT Sport that he believed the veteran American fighter should be retired.
“Of course I feel for him. Sometimes I just sit in his place – to get knocked out like that, especially when your kids can see it – and his kids are 7-8 years old, wrestle themselves, they even compete against each other already – that’s tough, “said Khabib.
“Your age doesn’t care about your name. When the game is ahead of you, you should just quit.”
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Edgar, however, remains optimistic about his future in the cage, saying he isn’t considering retiring – at least not yet.
“I don’t want to be the type of person to tell someone to go away, but it may have to,” he said. “I don’t know. The kind of person I am can use my coaches and wife to say, ‘Oh, it’s time to go away.’ I just know that the time is not now. And I have a feeling that they know the time is not now. “