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Old 01-02-2011, 05:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Frankie Edgar - An inspiration

Im so amazed and inspired by Frankies performance I just had to post. One of the most amazing displays of heart and courage I have ever seen.

He had every opportunity to give up and stay down, he was getting destroyed, smashed on his chin, controlled, GnP'd, his face was all messed up and he was struggling to stand.

He could have tapped out from all that punishment or just covered up and let the ref stop it and no one would have criticsed him for it.

Furthermore even after surviving the first round, he could easily have been a game quitter, tried a bit and exchanged but accepted that he was outmatched. Coming back with such fire and aggression yet a cool head and technical savy is just phenomenal to me.

Frankie is an example to everyone in any sport or in life in general. You get kicked down, beaten, humiliated to the point where you are 99% gone and you find the heart to not only carry on, but to fight back with everything you have.

It is just amazing to me. He had every way out, he could have come out in that second round and swung for the fences, got knocked out and gone out on his shield with everyones respect, but he found a way.

Not to mention Grey has walked through him before. Someone who has tooled you before, smashes you in the first round and you have the spirit to come back.

Not only was he hurt, but he was facing a 2 round deficit. It was an absolute mountain to climb and he did it.

I am a huge MMA fan, boxing fan, wrestling fan and sport fan in general and I cannot think of a single performance that is more inspiring.

The only thing that comes to mind is Buster Douglas vs Tyson. A 50 to 1 underdog loses his mother 2 weeks before the fight, he could have bailed out and no one would have said a word but he decides to fight on.

He gets knocked down in the 10th Rd and has every excuse to stay down but gets up with milliseconds to spare and comes back to knock the most hyped and savage fighter in history out, giving a man most considered immortal in the ring the first loss of his career.

I know I have repeated myself a lot here and I know we don't need another Edgar thread. I am willing to accept the inevitable neg rep so that I can express how much that fight meant to me.

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Old 01-02-2011, 05:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know I didn't get sucked into it in that way as much as say something like Brown/Faber II. All I was thinking during that first round is "God damn this kid is tough". I expected him to compose himself and come out and pick Maynard apart after he survived though so maybe that is why. I didn't expect a guy with two busted hands to bring the fight like Faber did for 5 rounds.
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I agree 100%. I was never an Edgar fan prior to this fight but the guy won me over with the heart he shown in the 1st round. It was like he fighting for his life.

The whole fight had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.
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The whole fight had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.
ditto.

and people thought this would be a boring fight.
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ditto.

and people thought this would be a boring fight.
I still don't understand why anyone thought their first fight or the Penn/Edger fights were boring.
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I still don't understand why anyone thought their first fight or the Penn/Edger fights were boring.
man, I don't either.

guess people just want to see "Garcia - Korean Zombie" style fights. Don't ge me wrong, I like that too... but it's different.
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I still don't understand why anyone thought their first fight or the Penn/Edger fights were boring.
Because neither of them ended via brutal first round KO, or featured 2 guys swinging at eachother with their eyes closed. Obviously.

Well said Brydon, I've been on the Frankie bandwagon since the first BJ fight, and the fight last night was a superb example of heart and a determination to succeed. What Brock Lesnar did against Shane Carwin was remarkable, but it had nothing on Frankie's performance last night. He came out in Round 2 looking fresh, like the 1st round beating never happened. Was superb stuff. Love watching Frankie Edgar fight, his fights might not end in many finishes, but they're always entertaining.
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To the OP'er, I agree - Frankie was truly an inspiration in that fight, it was incredible!

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guess people just want to see "Garcia - Korean Zombie" style fights. Don't ge me wrong, I like that too... but it's different.
Yeah exactly, and I'm not much of a fan of non-technical slugfests. Penn/Edgar I/II and Maynard/Edgar II kicked Garcia/Korean Zombie and Forrest/Bonnar's asses big time IMO.
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I have a lot more respect now for Edgar. He survived a lot of punishment that first round and was able to shake it off and be very competitive the next 4 rounds. Great heart shown by him.
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Great, and well deserved post Brydon. It's exactly how I feel. I have always respected Edgar for being possibly the smallest man in his division yet he still won every fight in his UFC career aside from the first Maynard bout. That to me is inspiring enough but after what transpired last night I was really blown away. That is the true heart of a champion. A warrior through and through. He did all he needed to do to keep his title. If he'd thrown in a couple more takedowns at the right times he'd have got the 'W'.
An amazing performance from an amazing fighter.
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