Former UFC lightweight world champion Frankie Edgar is uncharacteristically returning to action shortly after his recent knockout loss.
Edgar faced the top ranked Brian Ortega in the UFC 222 co-main event, and while the odds were in his favor, Edgar was knocked out in the very first round of action.
Now, unwilling to pass up an opportunity to fight in his hometown, Frankie is booked to rematch Cub Swanson in Atlantic City.
This is a decision that Joe Rogan and Yves Edwards think is a bad call, and they said as much during Thursday’s Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
Yves Edwards stated,
“I don’t like the fight. Frankie just got knocked out, and that’s really soon to come back. If anybody can bounce back from something like that, it’s a guy like Frankie, but I felt the same way about (Michael) Bisping fighting after – he didn’t get knocked out, he got dropped by Georges (St-Pierre) and then got choked unconscious — it’s like, ‘Yeah, you shouldn’t have taken that (Kelvin) Gastelum fight so soon.’ I feel that way about this fight.
“I feel like Frankie wants this fight so he can get that taste out of his mouth, but it’s still going to taste the same. Any time you go back and watch that fight you’re still going to have those feelings. You’re going to win your next fight more than likely. You’re Frankie Edgar. You don’t have to rush it. Let your brain rest and recover.”
And Here’s Rogan’s thoughts:
“The problem is it’s in Atlantic City, and he’s from New Jersey, and all the boys are going to come down. I’m with you 100 percent. I would like to see this fight, but I would like to see this fight in six months. It’s a good fight.”
“He fought Cub just a couple of years ago and just mauled him and got a last-second submission. Maybe he just thinks, ‘There’s not a (expletive) thing in the world this guy can do to stop me. I (expletive) him up before and I’ll (expletive) him up again. I’m not even going to get hit, I’m just going to get ahold of him and I’ll rag doll him just like I did before.’ But Cub Swanson can crack. He can crack. And he’s got a kid now, and he’s got a second kid along the way and he does not quit. That makes dudes hungry. That fight is probably a massive motivating factor for Cub Swanson.”