UFC 205 will take place at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12, and Frankie Edgar, a New Jersey native, couldn’t be more excited.
“I’m fired up for this,” Edgar said in studio on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “New York obviously wasn’t sanctioned until this year. I was one of the first guys to go up to Albany with the UFC to lobby and try to get it sanctioned. People would ask me, ‘Is it going to happen?’ (I said), ‘Oh, it’s happening this year. It’s happening this year.’ At the end, I was like, ‘Man, I don’t know if it’s going to happen.’ In the beginning, I thought for sure. I’m like, there’s no reason why it wouldn’t. It made no sense. But here we are November 12. We get to get it done.”
The event features several big names, including Conor McGregor, Eddie Alvarez, Chris Weidman and Miesha Tate.
“The Garden is the most famous arena in the world,” Edgar said. “Ali/Frazer was here. Boxers always talk about fighting here. Now MMA guys are going to get a chance to make our own history in the building. It’s huge. The fans are definitely going to come out in droves, I think, for this one. It should sell out pretty quickly.”
Edgar (20-5-1) will face Jeremy Stephens (25-12) in a featherweight bout. Interestingly enough, there’s a good chance you’ve seen more of Stephens’ fights than Edgar has.
“I’m not a big film guy,” Edgar said. “Even my own fights, I’ll barely watch. And my opponents, I’ll watch them when my coach forces me to. But my coach, he’s a huge film guy, watches film day and night and texts me in the middle of the night (to talk strategy). I let him kind of decipher what we need to work on. I try to stay out of it and just put it in play when I’m training.”
That seems risky, no?
“The way I feel, if you watch a guy, you’re going to start saying, ‘Damn, he does that good. Damn, he does that good. Damn, he does that good,'” Edgar said. “Now when you get in the fight with him, you’re waiting for him to do these things. Then you’re sitting there waiting on a guy. I’d rather just say, ‘All right, I know what I do well, and I’m going to execute.’”