Frankie Edgar suffered his first ever stoppage in the UFC last night after he fell to Brian Ortega in the co-main event at UFC 222.
Ortega had stepped in to fight Edgar after Max Holloway pulled out of the fight through injury and the 27-year-old landed a brutal and devastating uppercut to send Edgar tumbling to the canvas.
The referee made the right call and immediately stopped the fight despite some protests from Edgar but that first round knockout seemed to be coming after Ortega had troubled the 36-year-old earlier in the round with a vicious elbow.
There was just 15 second left in the first round until the fight-ending blow and you can see it here:
IT IS ALL OVER! ?
Brian Ortega becomes the first UFC fighter to finish Frankie Edgar!
That uppercut ???
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— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) March 4, 2018
This was Ortega’s sixth consecutive win in the UFC since his no contest against Mike De La Torre back in 2014. The elbow which Ortega landed on Edgar early in the round can be seen below too:
Conor McGregor weighed in with his opinion after the fight and he believes it should have been him in the octagon with Edgar.
McGregor claims he offered to step in for the injured Holloway but the UFC were against it. ‘The Notorious’ also outlined his “love and respect” for the defeated Edgar.
Frankie's career deserved for that to be against me tonight.
Love and respect always!
A true fighters fighter ❤
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 4, 2018