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UFC 222: Frankie Edgar gets love from Conor McGregor, Max Holloway following knockout loss to Brian Ortega

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MMA: UFC 222-Edgar vs Ortega Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Ortega earned the biggest win of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career last night (Sat., March 3, 2018) after becoming the first and only man to stop Frankie Edgar inside the Octagon, knocking out the former Lightweight champion in the co-main event of UFC 222 in Las Vegas, Nevada (watch highlights here).

It was a big blow for “The Answer,” as it means he will no longer get his much-desired championship bout against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight champion Max Holloway, a fight that will now go to”T-City.” In defeat, though, Edgar got mad respect from “Blessed,” who took to social media to praise Edgar for taking a dangerous fight against Ortega, risking (and eventually losing) a championship bout against the Hawaiian he already had locked up.

Surprisingly, former division champion Conor McGregor also took to Twitter to show his love for Edgar, reminding everyone that it could’ve been him fighting at UFC 222 instead of Ortega.

Interestingly enough, Ortega didn’t get any love from the champ on his biggest win. Of course, it could be an oversight on “Blessed’s” behalf, or he simply wanted to take the time to pay respect to one of the most seasoned veterans in the game after their first two scheduled title fights were axed because of injuries.

Whatever the case may be, Holloway will have plenty of opportunities to mention Ortega, as the two men will indeed collide for the 145-pound strap once Holloway is healthy and ready to get back on the horse. It’s an interesting fight to say the least, as it will feature the two hottest 145-pound fighters in the world, as Ortega has yet to taste defeat, (14-0-1, 6-0-1 UFC), while Holloway is on a ridiculous 12-fight win streak and hasn’t tasted defeat in more than four years.

We are in for a treat.

For complete UFC 222 results and play-by-play coverage click here.