Frankie Edgar suffered a devastating knockout loss at the hands (well, knee) of Cory Sandhagen in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 18 last Saturday night, and now the former champion has broken his silence on what happened.
In 28 seconds, Sandhagen landed a flying knee that hit Edgar right on the chin and stiffened him immediately before dropping to the canvas face-first. Edgar took to Instagram on Monday afternoon to describe what happened before and after the fight with in a post that was accompanied by the definition of the word “resilience”.
“I’ve licked my wounds long enough, I’m home with my family [and] life is good,” wrote Edgar. “On Saturday, I was as prepared for a fight as I could have been. Props to Cory Sandhagen, he landed a perfectly timed and executed bomb on me, luckily I don’t remember it much lol. This game can be a cruel b-tch and Saturday night was just that, but I ain’t panicked. I been here before.”
Edgar continued his statement by thanking his family, friends and team for the love and support they have consistently given him throughout his professional career. He closed with a message for fans and reassured that his time in the Octagon is not coming to an end any time soon.
“To my fans who always ride with me, I appreciate you all and you make this fun for me. Till the next time, see you all soon!”
Edgar made the move from featherweight to bantamweight in August of last year after losing back-to-back fights against former champion Max Holloway at UFC 240 and Chan Sung Jung at UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Korean Zombie respectively. He rebounded with a split decision win over Pedro Munhoz at UFC on ESPN: Munhoz vs. Edgar. Edgar would ascend up the bantamweight rankings following the Munhoz fight, which saw him land at No. 4 overall.
The loss to Sandhagen marks only the third time Edgar has been knocked out since the start of his career in 2005.