UFC 281: Frankie Edgar retires after heartbreaking loss to Chris Gutierrez

Frankie Edgar calls it a career after over 15 years in the cage, going out following his bout with Chris Gutierrez at UFC 281.

Frankie Edgar will forever be known as not just an old-school and popular favorite fighter, but a fighter who helped innovate and raise the popularity of the lighter weight classes in MMA.

Edgar, the former UFC lightweight champion, retired from the cage following his first-round knockout loss to Chris Gutierrez at New York’s Madison Square Garden at UFC 241.

Despite the loss, the crowd erupted into a “Frankie Edgar!” chant in the aftermath,

“I love this sport, man. Didn’t want to go out like that. This sport’s a b***, you know? I got my family here; that’s all that matters.” said Edgar, who fights out of nearby Toms River, NJ. “I love everybody; you guys make this awesome.”

A look back at the career of Frankie Edgar following his retirement at UFC 241

After an NCAA Division-I Wrestling career at Clarion, Edgar made his professional MMA debut in July 2005. He won six straight fights, including a win over fellow fighter UFC fighter Jim Miller, before making his UFC debut at UFC 67, scoring a decision win over Tyson Griffin in a bout that earned Fight of the Night honors.

Going 6-1 in his first seven UFC bouts, Edgar challenged B.J. Penn for the UFC lightweight championship at UFC 112. In one of the greatest upsets in UFC history, Edgar scored a unanimous decision to capture the title. He’d defeat Penn in a rematch, by decision again, at UFC 118.

Edgar then moved on to the challenge of Gray Maynard, the only man to defeat him in the Octagon prior to capturing the championship. The two battled in a classic on New Year’s Day 2011 at UFC 125, battling to a split draw. Edgar found himself in trouble during their trilogy bout at UFC 136 but ultimately got a win and retained the title with a fourth-round knockout.

Edgar then dropped the lightweight title to Benson Henderson at UFC 144 and lost their rematch at UFC 150. He then dropped down to featherweight and challenged then-champion Jose Aldo at UFC 156, losing by decision.

Edgar rebounded, however, with five straight wins against Charles Oliveira, Penn, Cub Swanson, Urijah Faber and Chad Mendes before rematching with Aldo for interim featherweight gold at UFC 200. Edgar lost the fight by decision.

Edgar then won three of his next four before challenging Max Holloway for the featherweight title at UFC 240, with Edgar losing by decision.

Following a loss to “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung-Jung, Edgar dropped to bantamweight in 2020. Edgar defeated Pedro Munhoz in his divisional debut but entered UFC 241 off back-to-back knockout losses against Cory Sandhagen and Marlon “Chito” Vera.

UFC 281: Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira takes place on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, live from Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. Follow along with FanSided MMA for all your news and highlights.

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