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Frankie Edgar: Brian Ortega Should Have Accepted Jeremy Stephens Fight at UFC 226

Last weekend’s co-main event at UFC 226 was supposed to feature a 145-pound championship bout between Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight champion Max Holloway and Brian Ortega.
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‘Korean Zombie’ Calls for Future Matchup with Featherweight Contender Frankie Edgar

Chan Sung Jung isn’t one for elaborate callouts, but he gets his point across nonetheless.
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‘Korean Zombie’ Calls for Future Matchup with Featherweight Contender Frankie Edgar

Chan Sung Jung isn’t one for elaborate callouts, but he gets his point across nonetheless.
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Frankie Edgar Cool With Fighting Soon After Knockout Loss

Former lightweight champ and longtime featherweight contender Frankie Edgar was supposed to challenge Max Holloway for the belt. But injury put Holloway on the shelf, so Edgar took on up-and-comer Brian Ortega instead.

That didn’t end well. At UFC 222, Ortega knocked Edgar out.

It was the first time Edgar has ever lost via knock out. Shocking, yes. But it happens.

However, Edgar is jumping back in the cage at UFC Fight Night 128 to rematch with Cub Swanson. On April 21. Just a little over a month since he was KO’d.

Technically, the automatic suspension handed down by athletic commission to victims of knockouts is 30 to 60 (or sometimes 90) days. But neurological clearance by a physician can supersede that, so really, the only thing stopping Edgar from getting into the cage too soon is Edgar’s sense of self-preservation.

But when Edgar was on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” yesterday, he seemed unconcerned.

“I’m the one in there. I’m the one putting it on the line, and there’s nothing like getting in there and getting a win to erase that last loss. And again, it’ll never erase it, but at least it’ll kinda help deal with that stink, and like you said, give me something positive to kinda focus on instead of focusing on the negative.”

“I was pretty with it,” Edgar said. “I recall the knockout because I didn’t get turned off or anything. Even when I was going down, I knew I had a short time. In my head I was saying, ‘Alright, short time, short time. Let’s try to get through this.’ But obviously he was able to capitalize on it with that uppercut. And even when I fell, as soon as the ref came over me, I said I was good, and maybe I wasn’t — I’m not really complaining about the stoppage, I can see why he stopped it — but I was with it. As soon as he stopped it, I said, ‘I’m good! I’m good!’ I was trying to argue. Obviously I needed a little help [to stand up], but I wasn’t all the way out. I didn’t even have a headache afterwards that night at the hotel or anything.”

Come on, Frankie. We love you. Take care of yourself.

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Frankie Edgar Issues Statement Following Devastating UFC 222 Defeat

Over the weekend, the MMA community was effusive in its praise of Frankie Edgar following his knockout loss to Brian Ortega.
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Frankie Edgar Issues Statement Following Devastating UFC 222 Defeat

Over the weekend, the MMA community was effusive in its praise of Frankie Edgar following his knockout loss to Brian Ortega.
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Conor McGregor and Max Holloway Show Frankie Edgar Some Love

Frankie Edgar didn’t have to take his UFC 222 fight against Brian Ortega.

Edgar was supposed to face featherweight champ Max Holloway for the belt. But when Holloway dropped out with an injury, young buck Ortega offered up his services. Despite having a well-earned title shot waiting for him, Edgar took the Ortega fight.

And he got knocked out.

Since then, both Holloway and former featherweight (and current lightweight) champ Conor McGregor have chimed in to show Edgar some love. Edgar is, after all, a no-nonsense fighter who’s given everything he has in every fight – a trait that has made him a fighter’s fighter.

How’s that for respect from your peers?

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Conor McGregor and Max Holloway Show Frankie Edgar Some Love

Frankie Edgar didn’t have to take his UFC 222 fight against Brian Ortega.

Edgar was supposed to face featherweight champ Max Holloway for the belt. But when Holloway dropped out with an injury, young buck Ortega offered up his services. Despite having a well-earned title shot waiting for him, Edgar took the Ortega fight.

And he got knocked out.

Since then, both Holloway and former featherweight (and current lightweight) champ Conor McGregor have chimed in to show Edgar some love. Edgar is, after all, a no-nonsense fighter who’s given everything he has in every fight – a trait that has made him a fighter’s fighter.

How’s that for respect from your peers?

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Frankie Edgar’s Coach Shares A Statement On UFC 222 Loss

Here’s long time coach Mark Henry on Frankie Edgar’s heartbreaking loss to Brian Ortega.

Frankie Edgar did everyone a big solid when he decided to stay on the UFC 222 card and fight Brian Ortega instead of waiting for his title shot against Max Holloway. That choice blew up in his face when Ortega uppercutted him to the canvas, finishing Edgar for the first time in his career. With that loss went his title shot. Now it belongs to Ortega, and it sounds like it’s going down at UFC 226.

Conor McGregor and Max Holloway have already reached out to share their admiration for Edgar, and now his long time coach Mark Henry is doing the same on Instagram.

“You’re beyond blessed in your life if you’ve had the privilege to meet one great person in your life,” Henry wrote. “I’m talking about someone who impacts just thousands around him and changes and impacts your life for the better. It’s been an absolute miracle in my almost 50 years to have had two of these amazing men in my life. My father in law Pino and my little brother Frankie Edgar.”

”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,” Henry finished. “There’s way bigger things in life and it’s a GUARANTEE we 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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Max Holloway, Conor McGregor Praise Frankie Edgar Following UFC 222 Defeat

Frankie Edgar was supposed to receive his third featherweight title shot at UFC 222, but an injury to reigning champion Max Holloway spoiled those plans.
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