Frankie Edgar is disappointed by a loss to Brian Ortega at UFC 222, but his chin is still up.
The former UFC lightweight champion today broke his silence on Twitter after suffering the first knockout loss of his career at this past Saturday’s pay-per-view event, which took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
All class in defeat, Edgar (22-6-1 MMA, 16-6-1 UFC) gave props to Ortega (14-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and vowed to return to the octagon.
Ortega became the first fighter to stop Edgar when they met in the co-headliner of UFC 222. Although Edgar availed himself well in the early portion of the round, an elbow caught him flush on the temple, wobbling him before Ortega finished off the job with a picture perfect uppercut.
Originally scheduled to fight for the featherweight title against champ Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC), Edgar accepted the bout with Ortega when Holloway withdrew from UFC 222. Ortega, who earned a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus, will now fight for the title as soon as Holloway is cleared to fight.
Edgar’s coach Mark Henry also posted a statement of support, saying Edgar is a role model.
You're beyond Blessed in your life if you've had the privilege to meet 1 great person in your life. I'm talking about someone who impacts just thousands around him and changes and impacts your life for the better. It been a absolute miracle in my almost 50 years to have had 2 of these amazing men in my life. My father in law Pino and my little brother @frankieedgar. Even though I'm a lot older than Frankie, he has taught me way more lessons in life than I could have ever taught him. Besides being an incredible son, brother, father, husband, friend, general, mentor, champion, teammate and example to millions, I can't thank him enough for being the most incredible example to my son for the past 13 years. So hard in these times to find a great role model for your kids these days and I've been Blessed beyond belief to have had this man be an example to what is dearest to me. Forget this fight stuff there's way bigger things in life and it's a GUARANTEE FE will be back stronger than ever!! Congratulations to Brian Ortega and his amazing team. Brian's awesome example to kids. Thanks so much to everyone for always giving love and respect to our Champ. ????
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Edgar’s loss snapped a two-fight winning streak that earned him another shot at the title after bids for the interim and undisputed belt didn’t go his way against ex-champ Jose Aldo.view original article >>