In honor of Frankie Edgar's rematch against B.J. Penn at the TUF 19 Finale on Sunday night, MMAJunkie's Ben Fowlkes has done a story on Edgar's first foray into limited-rules fighting. Yup, I'm talking about the former UFC champ's Underground Combat League bout back in 2005.
In the fall of 2008, Brooklyn-based Ring of Combat champ Phillipe Nover was earning some serious praise for his performance on the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter. And on the eve of the episode featuring his first fight on the show, Nover threw a little shindig out at the sports complex at Floyd Bennett Field (at what is now called the Aviator). The hometown hero went on to make it to the finals and ultimately lost to Efrain Escudero, but on that night in Kings County, he was fighting royalty.