It has been more than seven years since Frankie Edgar held a UFC championship. He will look to end that dry spell Saturday, when he challenges featherweight king Max Holloway at UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta.
Win or lose, Edgar (23-6-1) already owns one of the most distinguished careers in MMA history. Saturday will mark his ninth UFC title fight, the first coming in 2010, when he shocked the world by dethroning all-time great BJ Penn to become lightweight champ. But Edgar's reputation goes beyond simple résumé items. Whenever he hangs up his gloves, he'll be remembered as one of the most resilient fighters in the sport, a man who spent the majority of his career in a weight class many said was too heavy for him. He has fought back from the brink of crushing defeat more than once. And he has never been one to talk himself up. He has always done his talking in the cage.
At 37, Edgar says he still has plenty left in the tank, and winning a second title this weekend would certainly add significantly to his Hall of Fame-caliber list of accomplishments. Going into what could be another landmark night for him, ESPN asked Edgar's coaches, training partners, friends and family to share, in their own words, their favorite memory from his 14 years as a professional fighter.