In a tweet, Aaron Bronsteter revealed that Edgar's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, told him that the former Lightweight champion has requested to fight for a final time at UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden and will face whoever the promotion puts in front of him.
Edgar, now aged 40, is on a 2-fight losing streak and has 5 losses in his last 7, having been knocked out in 4 of them. He expressed after his last fight, a 3rd round front-kick KO loss to Marlon Vera, that it was the first time his immediate thoughts weren't about getting back into the gym, and that now he has to think about what his career is and what his life will become.
Frankie Edgar was the UFC Lightweight champion from 2010-2011, and he defended his belt 3 times. He has wins over elite competition such as Charles Oliveira, BJ Penn, and Yair Rodriguez. His most recent was a split decision win over Pedro Munhoz in August of 2020.
Fans have rallied for his retirement and eventual Hall of Fame induction for some time now, hoping that the legend of the game will hang it up and take no more damage. It seems that the time is near for him and we wait to find out whether or not his request shall come to fruition.