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Frankie Edgar: Pain of losing UFC 218 title fight hurts worse than fractured face (Video)

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, worked his way back to a featherweight title shot after capturing consecutive victories over Jeremy Stephens and Yair Rodriguez, the latter of which ended by doctor’s stoppage following two rounds of action.

Then Edgar broke his orbital bone and found himself right back at square one.

"Physically I feel fine, but mentally I’m a little upset,” Edgar told TMZ. “It was a big opportunity that slipped through my fingers. It's not bad, the timing is what makes it worse. As far as timing, what's on the line, it's one of the worst (injuries) I've dealt with.”

A return date has not been established.

In his absence, longtime rival and former 145-pound champion Jose Aldo will step in to rematch Max Holloway in the UFC 218 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, which takes place Sat., Dec. 2, 2017 inside Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

To see the finalized UFC 218 fight card and line up click here.