LAS VEGAS–Toms River’s hometown ‘champ’, Frankie Edgar lost his third consecutive championship bid in Las Vegas on Saturday night, being edged out 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47. The unanimous decision wasn’t taken too lightly by Edgar fans who feel “The Answer”, once again didn’t get the answer he and fans were expecting from the judges.
Throughout the fight, the sold out crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center was chanting, “Frankie…Frankie”.
While Aldo had the upper hand in the early rounds, Edgar never gave up and seemingly never tired, but in the end, Aldo successfully defended his championship title for the 15th consecutive time, this time by decision, remaining the sport’s only featherweight champion to ever be crowned.
Stephen Rivera, owner of Elite Wrestling of Jackson Township, who coached Frankie Edgar on the wrestling mats since 7th grade and accompanied the former lightweight champion to Las Vegas, told the Ocean Signal, ”It was a warrior effort, the preparation was done and he gave it all he had. We will learn from this and be ready for the next.”
As to the outpouring of support Edgar has received locally since the fight and claims by fans that he was ‘robbed’, Rivera said, “This is one tough sport and we know that, we accept the outcome with no excuses and we will grow and get better from the experience.”
Photos by Stephen Rivera, Elite Wrestling, Jackson, NJ.