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From Toms River East To UFC Fame: The Rise Of Frankie Edgar

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From the wrestling mats of Toms River High School East to the bright lights of the UFC Octagon, Frankie Edgar continues to rise as a well-known household name for more reasons than one.

The local icon known as the “The Answer” isn’t just throwing punches anymore; he’s throwing history. This summer, the mixed martial arts (MMA) legend will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s “Modern Wing,” solidifying his place among the sport’s elite.

The “Modern Era” category recognizes fighters who turned professional after November 17, 2000, marking the adoption of unified MMA rules. Additionally, inductees must be at least 35 or retired for a year or more. Edgar, who retired in 2022 at 40, perfectly fits the criteria.

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Toms River’s own Frankie Edgar to be inducted into UFC Hall of Fame

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It had often been exclaimed that former Lightweight Champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar would one day grace the exclusive fraternity of the UFC Hall of Fame. As of this weekend’s pay-per-view, Frankie will be leading the charge for the class of 2024.

A little about Frankie
Born and raised in Tom’s River New Jersey, Frankie was a stand-out wrestler in his youth, wrestling for Toms River High School East. He would continue wrestling through college, wrestling for Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Frankie would leave the university with a total record of 120-55. Frankie cemented his legacy at the university, joining the school’s sports hall of fame in 2016.

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Alex Pereira, Danbury resident, wins UFC middleweight title at MSG

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NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Pereira has Israel Adesanya’s number in any combat sport — make it 3-0, and now the Brazilian knockout artist also has his rival’s UFC middleweight championship.

Pereira fought back out from a slow start and rocked Adesanya in the fifth round to score the TKO win and claim the 185-pound championship in the main event of UFC 281 on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

The 35-year-old Pereira defeated Adesanya twice — once by knockout — in their old kickboxing days and the wins got the challenger fast-tracked to a title match after just three UFC fights.

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Frankie Edgar sees Garden swan song at UFC 281 as ‘perfect’ way to say goodbye

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Frankie Edgar’s fighting career began nearly two decades ago with an underground promotion in The Bronx — at a time when professional mixed martial arts wasn’t regulated in New York. He made $160 that night, because he got $10 for each ticket he sold.

It’s safe to say that the former UFC lightweight champion’s swan song Saturday on the pay-per-view portion of UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden will go down with more glamour. More rules, too.

“Seventeen years ago, driving up here and fighting some guy with [a] no rules fight, headbutt the guy,” Edgar, a native of Toms River, N.J., recalled at UFC media day on Wednesday, referring to a strike that is very much against the rules today, “and to get to finish it at the most famous arena in the world is definitely full circle.”

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