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Conor McGregor reacts to Frankie Edgar getting knocked out at UFC 222

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Conor McGregor says Frankie Edgar deserved to have lost in a much bigger fight instead.

Conor McGregor After-Fight Party And Wynn Nightlife Residency Debut, Encore Beach Club At Night In Wynn Las Vegas Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Nightlife

Brian Ortega always had a good shot at winning against Frankie Edgar, but it was a somewhat surprising to many to see the grappling ace outstrike and finish the former champion on the feet. The TKO loss marked the first time Edgar was finished in his decorated career.

Conor McGregor, who claims he offered to step in and face Edgar on this card, took to social media to react to the loss. In his mind, the outcome would’ve been the same against him, but he felt that the legendary fighter in Edgar deserved to have gone out on a much bigger fight.

“Frankie’s career deserved for that to be against me tonight,” McGregor wrote on twitter. “Respect Frankie. Love and respect always! A true fighters fighter ❤”

McGregor has yet to compete since his 2016 win over Eddie Alvarez. While he claims he is dead set on returning, the Irishman will be stripped of his lightweight title as soon as the UFC 223 main event bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson starts.