According to reports made by MMAFighting, the former-lightweight champion of the world Frankie Edgar could be set for a potentially electric rematch of one of his signature wins.
UFC 222’s main-event fixture between the top-ranked featherweight contenders Frankie Edgar and Brian Ortega may have been billed as a true stylisitical clash for the ages on paper, but when the octagon doors closed in the t-Mobile Arena that night, the resulting bout left virtually everyone’s mouth agape.
Ortega, a brawler whose mastery of Brazilian jiu-jitsu has made him one of the top-prospects at 145lbs, wasn’t expected to be able to offer much in the way of thunderous power against the famously granite-chinned Edgar. Frankie’s legendary resilience has allowed him to escape ever being finished in his pro-career and against ‘T-City’, it was the submission threat that was pointed to as his potential downfall, despite his own long-time black-belt.
Sure enough, though, on March 3 when they met, it took just one round for Frankie’s perfect survival record to be in tatters and with that, a new top-contender at 145lbs was crowned.
With Edgar out of the picture for now, Brian Ortega looks set to take on Max Holloway for the featherweight crown at an undisclosed date.
Surprisingly, despite enduring a brutal loss to strikes just recently, MMAFighting reported that ‘The Answer’ is being looked at for a comeback bout against Cub Swanson on April 21, a man who apparently will be signed to a brand-new contract even though his current deal ran out after his loss to the aforementioned Ortega in his last outing.
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) March 20, 2018
Frankie defeated Cub back in 2014 by way of a neck crank at the very end of their five round encounter but with both men meandering around the top-5 of the division, the UFC are apparently eyeing a rematch as a fitting way to introduce one of these grizzled veterans back into the title mix.
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