The former champion will be inducted during the 2024 ceremony live on UFC Fight Pass from Las Vegas. Edgar will be placed in the “Modern Era” following a career that included wins over three fellow hall of famers.
“Frankie Edgar is one of the greatest athletes in UFC history,” UFC CEO Dana White said. “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.”
Edgar’s inclusion in the modern wing places him alongside the likes of recent inductees Donald Cerrone, Jose Aldo, Daniel Cormier and Jose Aldo.
The “Modern Era” category includes athletes who turned pro on or after November 17, 2000 (when the first UFC event under the unified rules of MMA was held), are a minimum age of 35, or who have been retired for one year or more.
Frankie Edgar: UFC Hall Of Famer
Edgar’s 17-year career saw him go 23-11-1 with wins over BJ Penn, Urijah Faber, Cub Swanson, Sean Sherk, Charles Oliveira and Yair Rodriguez. He made his Octagon debut in 2007 with a victory over Tyson Griffin, earning “Fight of the Night” honors that evening.
He would win five of his next six, including victories over former champions Hermes Franca and Sean Sherk. Thar earned him a 2010 title shot vs. Penn where Edgar pulled the upset as a plus-620 underdog.
Edgar would also win the rematch with Penn and avenge a loss to Gray Maynard in his first lightweight title defense.
Here are some of the more highlight-worthy numbers of Edgar’s UFC career:
- Second in total Octagon fight time in UFC history – 7:57:10 (1st at time of retirement)
- Tied for second-most Fight of the Night bonuses in UFC history – 8
- Third-most significant strikes landed in UFC history – 1,801 (2nd at time of retirement)
- Sixth in takedowns landed in UFC history – 73 (4th at time of retirement)
- Sixth in championship fight time in UFC history – 3:38:54
UFC lightweight division:
- Best significant strike defense in UFC lightweight history – 71.8%