This incredible journey of Frankie Edgar began in Toms River, New Jersey where he was born and raised by Frank and Mary Annese Edgar. Frankie wrestled at Toms River High School East, making it to the New Jersey state championship tournament on three occasions, placing second as a junior and fifth as a senior. Edgar is the oldest of 3 children, Edgar went on to compete in the NHSCA Senior Nationals and placed second before he finished high school. He continued wrestling at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he qualified for the nationals all four years there.
Edgar entered his first mixed martial arts fight with only a few weeks of training outside of his wrestling background. Edgar originally trained with Rob Guarino of Rhino Fight Team, but today he is part of the Gracie system under Ricardo Almeida in Hamilton, NJ, who is part of the Gracie Barra team. Since seventh grade Edgar has wrestled with Steve Rivera at Elite Wrestling NJ in Jackson, NJ. His boxing trainer is Mark Henry of Millstone, NJ.
Edgar became the UFC Lightweight Champion at UFC 112 when he defeated BJ Penn by unanimous decision. In the history of the UFC, no fighter has spent more time in the Octagon, just under 6.5 hours.
These days, Edgar is a New Jersey legend, raising his family in Toms River, not far from where he grew up himself.
"I think we have a special camaraderie in Jersey. We look out for our own. When one person succeeds, we definitely shout it out."