Brian Ortega made a huge statement last night (Sat., Mar. 3, 2018) at UFC 222 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, when he became the first fighter to finish former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar with a vicious first-round knockout.
Ortega took his time in the early going, allowing Edgar to move around the outer edges and gain a little confidence. At one point when Edgar stepped in for an exchange, Ortega caught “Answer” with a filthy left elbow and an uppercut that would have made Francis Ngannou proud. Edgar went crashing to the canvas and “T-City” pounced on top for an insurance hammer fist before the referee stepped in.
Check out the memorable knockout finish above courtesy of UFC.
With this performance, Ortega undoubtedly locks down a title shot with current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway. The 27-year-old has been an absolute menace since joining UFC back in 2014 and has culminated all of his efforts by flattening a legend like Frankie Edgar in less than five minutes. Ortega is looking like the complete package and should give “Blessed” his toughest championship test to date.
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