Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar is headed to the promotion’s Hall of Fame.
During Saturday’s UFC 297 broadcast, promotion officials announced that Edgar (24-11-1, 1NC) would be inducted into the Modern Wing as part of the Class of 2024.
Edgar reigned as lightweight champ at a time when the division was the lightest to be found in the UFC. He won the title by defeating the legendary B.J. Penn at UFC 112 in April 2010, and defended it twice, while also retaining the belt in a draw with rival Gray Maynard, who he would defeat in a rematch (and trilogy fight) one fight later.
Later in his career, Edgar would challenge Jose Aldo for the UFC’s 145lb title, coming up short in his quest for a second belt.
“Frankie Edgar is one of the greatest athletes in UFC history,” UFC CEO Dana White said in a press release issued in conjunction with Saturday’s announcement. “Frankie had an amazing career and consistently fought the best athletes in the world across multiple weight classes for more than 15 years. He is a legend, and it will be an honor to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame as part of International Fight Week this summer.”
Speaking to media members backstage at UFC 297, Edgar revealed that he had no idea that the announcement was coming. The Hall of Fame-bound fighter wrapped up his fighting career in 2022, and is in the process of opening his own gym.