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As you'd expect, Frankie Edgar all class in defeat after UFC 222

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.

Via Twitter:

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.

Via Instagram: 

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.

For complete coverage of UFC 222, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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