The pride of Toms River, New Jersey still can’t fight in nearby New York City, but the former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar can wrestle there. Last Saturday inside the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden, "The Answer" returned to his roots with an exhibition wrestling super match-up against The Ultimate Fighter 8 finalist Phillipe Nover.
Actually, it was a more one-sided grapplethon than Edgar’s takedown heavy decision win over Spencer Fisher at UFC 78. The 32 year old who honed his wrestling skills as a Toms River High School East Raider before taking to the mats at Clarion University then working as assistant coach for Rutgers University’s wrestling team ran roughshod over Nover scoring on most of his shots and overpowering Nover once the two hit the floor.
Not a big surprise to Octagon enthusiasts as Edgar has had great success taking down much larger UFC opponents like Gray Maynard and former champ Benson Henderson.
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Meanwhile, Nover made one real shot attempt, which Edgar sprawled and shook rather easily. In fairness to Nover, he has no background in wrestling and smiled his way through the drubbing while Edgar speedily did pretty much anything he wanted to him.