ESPN is teaming up with one of UFC’s best fighters this week. The worldwide leader in spots welcomes UFC great Frankie “The Answer” Edgar as a guest analyst for UFC’s upcoming IFC 163 broadcast this Saturday, August 3rd. Edgar will serve as guest analyst on ESPN’s SportsCenter beginning Friday. He will offer insight into the card, which will be broadcast live from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. He will be on hand through Sunday, offering his own thoughts pre-fight and all the way to post-fight.
Edgar was quite happy to be joining ESPN’s ranks when asked recently about bringing his knowledge of UFC to the mainstream masses. “Getting to work with a major sports network like ESPN is a great opportunity,” he told FrontRow on Sunday. “Whenever ESPN covers UFC through its various platforms, the sport gets introduced to mainstream sports fans. The more sports fans see and learn about the sport the more quickly it grows.” He added, “I don’t know if I can emulate any of them but I really like Stuart Scott and I know he is a big UFC fan. I’m looking forward to catching all the anchors up there. I did meet Stuart Scott once before at a fight, so it would be cool to run into him again.” Edgar comes into this week’s coverage of UFC 163 on the heels of a featherweight division win over Charles Oliveira at UFC 162. His record currently stands at 15-4-1. His most well-known wins was an upset victory over B.J. Penn at UFC 112. The victory earned Edgar the UFC Lightweight title.
Glenn Jacobs, ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer, shared his thoughts on Edgar joining ESPN this weekend. He was just as pleased with the announcement. “We’re excited to have Frankie as part of our coverage of UFC 163,” he said. “As someone who went five rounds in the octagon with Jose Aldo earlier this year, Frankie will bring a unique perspective to our fans.”
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