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    Mixed martial arts affords fans the opportunity to watch fighters mature and grow in their craft.

    One such fighter that has continued to grow is Frankie Edgar. Fresh off a decisive unanimous decision victory over former UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk, Edgar’s professional record now stands at 10-1. Edgar, though, does not think that fans have seen the best of him yet.

    “I believe I’m 70 percent of where I could go,” Edgar told MMAMadness.com. “Confidence is a huge thing to take people to the next level, and doing what I did against Sean is definitely a boost for my confidence.”

    Edgar showcased an impressive set of boxing skills against Sherk. These skills, however, are just one aspect of an overall fighting style that is constantly evolving.

    “I’ve been really working on my jiujitsu with Ricardo Almeda, and I think that’s just another avenue of my game that’s going to get better,” Edgar said.

    The Frankie Edgar seen against Sean Sherk was a considerable improvement over the Frankie Edgar that UFC fans have seen in the past, and Edgar credits the improvement in part to the 10-month layoff he faced between Sherk and his previous fight against Hermes Franca.

    “I think a lot of times when you’re fighting pretty often, it’s hard to become different because you’re always training for an opponent,” Edgar said. “When you have some time off, you can worry about yourself and your skills and just improve on them.”

    This does not mean that Edgar wants to schedule year-long breaks between each of his fights. Edgar is already back in the gym, preparing hard for his next opponent. He doesn’t know who that opponent will be, but the talent-laden UFC Lightweight Division promises to provide plenty of worthy opposition.

    “I think [BJ] Penn and [Kenny] Florian are obviously two guys that I would like to fight, and I think the winner of Diego [Sanchez] and [Clay] Guida [as well],” Edgar said. “Obviously, Gray Maynard [too]. I have a loss against him, and he’s gotta be in the mix.”

    “There’s a lot of good guys that could fight for the title soon, I just hope to be one of them and I hope I get the opportunity soon,” Edgar said. “I think I’m definitely one of the top dogs.”

    It is this level of competition that pushes Edgar to strive for excellence.

    “I really want to be a player in this game for a long time, and it’s going to take a lot of hard work,” Edgar said. “I’m definitely happy, but I’m nowhere near satisfied.”

    As long as Edgar continues to have that mentality, fight fans can expect to see a new and improved version of him, every time he steps in the ring.


    Cameron Gidari is the Associate Editor at MMAMadness.com. He can be reached with questions or comments at cgidari@mmamadness.com.

    Photo courtesy of combatlifestyle.com

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    Wants to fight the top guys, have to respect that.

    Although I think Diego is long overdue for a title shot, I would like to see him meet Edgar. (I suspect Diego hasn't been in a hurry to get one - although this upsets PJ when I say it, Florian, the guy who lost to Diego in the finals, is preparing for his second title shot).
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    It does not upset me I just disagree with it. I think at any point if they had offered him a title shot he would have accepted.

    I think before the Karo Parisyan fight he may have wanted to develop more as a fighter but after that he was calling out the big dogs and he was ready.

    He definitely would like a title shot now at lw. If he wins he will get the next shot against florian.

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    Wouldn't he be upset that the guy he beat is getting a 2nd title shot (after failing the first time)?

    Remember too that Hughes said he wanted to fight him and that the UFC said they were looking to build him up slowly. Other fighters (like Forrest) publicly called for title shots long ago. Think about it, he won 185 and Quarry had a title shot at that weight years ago.

    I agree that he wants one soon, but might be willing to ride a little longer before getting his chance. If he wanted one, we would have heard his frustration at all TUFs who finished behind him or after him who have gotten them.
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    Sanchez called out Hughes after he beat Riggs.

    Florian got the title shot guaranteed before Diego even made the switch to lw. You think he would demand the ufc cancel the title fight that is already scheduled so that he could get it instead?

    I have read and listened to a number of interviews of sanchez talking about a title shot. Just because you dont follow that closely any more doesnt mean he does not want one.

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    PJ, I have read his interviews. I agree he wants one one day, but he's never been like "I want it now" - unlike so many other fighters. More than 4 years has passed.

    Show me the words to Hughes btw.

    He was the first TUF champ, and since then, 3 guys from his season have had title shots (one going on a second; 2 of these 3 guys were not champs).

    Season 2 - both have had title shots.

    Season 4 - both winners had title shots (which is what the show was about) and Cote has also since had a title shot


    It's common sense that he would ask where his shot was if he wanted one, wouldn't just let everyone else cut in line. Forrest started saying it years ago and he got one as a result.
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    Would love to see Edgar get a shot..
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