Frankie Edgar decided to end his career. He also explained the reasons for his decision; “It’s a lot of things I would think,” Edgar told MMA Fighting. “Kind of the way my fights have been going as of late led to that as well.
My body, I am getting older. I feel great. In camp, I’m such a strong minded person that I always have great camps. I always feel good but the body takes its toll throughout the years and I just want to move on and see what’s next.
“I know I can’t fight forever. I could definitely string it on a couple more years probably but I know I’ll never move on to what’s the next chapter in my life. I think now I’m being selfish when I’m still trying to chase this and I’ve got a family and kids that want to have goals of their own.
They want me around and probably want me to be able to speak good and have my wits about me. I just know it’s probably the best time”.
Edgar on consenquences
Many decided to talk about the consequences after the end of their careers.
Boxers, MMA fighters, kickboxers; Many of them had problems. “It’s definitely in the back of your mind,” Edgar said. “You can’t help but hear talks of that in sports and especially in our sport but across all sports.
It’s not like I notice anything like oh man, I’m forgetful or I’m slurring my words but I don’t know if that’s how it works. Does it happen one day, you wake up and you’re messed up or does it happen gradually? Who knows.
“I’m going to be 41 next week and I feel like I’m somewhat coherent, maybe not the most, but I guess good enough for now so maybe leave well enough alone”.
He does not want to be someone from whom the fans will ask him to say goodbye and end his career.
“I don’t want to be that guy,” Edgar said. “It’s not fair to put my family through that either. My pride doesn’t want to deal with that either. I feel like I can still hang with the best in the world.
“[But] I think in the past, I would have won those fights and now I’m not winning those fights. I don’t know if that’s the way time goes or guys are getting better or that’s the breaks of this game.
Now’s the time. We get one more in New York, right in my backyard, a lot of history there. I think it’s a good sendoff”.