When it was announced that Frankie Edgar was going to fight Urijah Faber next, there’s no question the bout caught a lot of people off guard. While most fans likely greeted the news with an ‘oh, cool’, it certainly wasn’t a fight that was on a lot of people’s radars. After all, Faber has been competing at 135, and doing a pretty nice job of it, and Edgar is one of the UFC’s top 145’ers.
Not only that, but since Edgar is currently the #1 ranked contender, one would think he might not want to risk his title shot chances by taking on Faber. Well, recently the former lightweight champ spoke to MMA Junkie.com, and Edgar explained why he was up for a May 16th fight with “The California Kid.”
“I definitely didn’t want to take any time off of fighting,” Edgar said. “I feed my family off of fighting. I took a year off to do ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ show. That was just a brutal year. It felt like forever, and I didn’t want to do that again.”
“This opportunity came up, and I think it’s a fight that fans have been talking about for years,” Edgar said. “It’s a superfight. Why not give it to them?”
As Edgar alluded to, after he decisioned Charles Oliveira in July, 2013, he didn’t fight again until one year later, when he stopped fellow TUF coach, BJ Penn. Although Edgar went on to defeat fellow contender Cub Swanson in November, the UFC elected to tap Conor McGregor for a title fight with Jose Aldo, instead of “The Answer.” That fight won’t take place until July 11th, and top contenders Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas are set to fight on April 4th. So, one can see why the Faber fight, and the timing of it, intrigued Edgar.
Faber, meanwhile, is coming off back-to-back wins over Francisco Rivera and Alex Caceres, after he was stopped by former bantamweight champ Renan Barao in February, 2014.
Edgar-Faber will headline UFC FN 66, which will go down at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines.