July 6th 2014. After all these years of traveling to Sin City for Frankie’s UFC career it has created a comfort when we arrive for fight week. The team vibe felt similar to the last time Frankie had toed up with BJ, Confident with Respect. We all knew Frankie was and is better than BJ, Personally I was confident Frankie would finish him as he did. Three rounds, dominated by Frankie is what we saw and that secured him another title run. At this point Frankie and management are trying to secure a fight with highly regarded Cub Swanson which with a win will give Frankie another shot at Aldo or Mendez for the title.
I have been in Frankie’s corner for over 20 years at this point. I have watched him compete as a boy, teenager, college student and now a professional athlete. At no time have I ever seen a quit or hesitation to chase greatness.
So many overlook the years of hard work that has gone into becoming a champion at any level. “Embracing the Grind” in recent years has turned into a catch phrase but for many of us its a lifestyle.
The “Embrace” is proven in that time of year that no one is paying attention to you or your goals. Its at these times that true champions find their motivation within their own need for greatness. Thats Embracing the Grind! Its not a cocky thing but is an accomplishment thing that is confirmed we you stand above the rest. There’s nothing wrong with wanting for the best as long as you are willing to put in the work to be the best.
In addition to Frankie’s 5-Round Fight with BJ, there was the Team competition between Team Edgar & Team Penn that aired on Fox Sport 1 for months leading up to the finale. The Ultimate Fighter Season 19 featured many great fights and many boring ones but it was a blast to be in Vegas for a month and work with all these young athletes with big dreams of being the Ultimate Fighter. Starting quick Team BJ took a slight lead in the beginning of competition then Team Edgar kicked in and dominated finishing with 4 of 4 finalists. In 19 seasons it is the first time that has happened. Congratulations to Team Edgar Ultimate Fighters (205) Cory Anderson and (185) Eddie Gordon.