It sounds like Frankie Edgar isn’t going anywhere following the first stoppage loss of his career. Edgar broke his silence following his first-round knockout loss to Brian Ortega Monday morning on Twitter.
‘The Answer’ congratulated Ortega, who is next in line to face UFC featherweight champ Max Holloway, and hinted that he will be back; he’s not hanging up his gloves anytime soon.
Saturday did not go as planned, congrats to Ortega he definitely got me with some good ones. Thanks to all my peers, my team, my friends, and my fans for their nice words, they don't go unnoticed. All I can do now is dust myself off and get ready to put it all on the line again.— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) March 5, 2018
“Saturday did not go as planned,” wrote the former UFC lightweight champion. “Congrats to Ortega he definitely got me with some good ones. Thanks to all my peers, my team, my friends, and my fans for their nice words, they don’t go unnoticed. All I can do now is dust myself off and get ready to put it all on the line again.”
Edgar’s loss to Ortega at UFC 222, which took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas last Saturday, marked the first time in his 13-year-long career that he had been knocked out. He started out well in the opening few minutes, but “T-City” cracked him with a left elbow with less a minute left in the frame – that was the beginning of the end for Edgar. Ortega followed up with a barrage of strikes, and an uppercut finished the job.
Edgar was scheduled to challenge for the 145-pound title at the event, but Holloway pulled out due to an injury. Edgar opted to remain on the card to take on one of the division’s top rising stars in Ortega. Ultimately, that decision did not pay off.
Edgar was riding a two-fight winning streak heading into the bout.