Brian Ortega, a rising star who becomes the first man to knock out Veteran Frankie Edgar with crushing elbow and a vicious uppercut in the co-main event of UFC 222 on Saturday Night (March 3, 2018) in Las Vegas.
Originally Frankie Edgar was slated to face featherweight champion Max Holloway, who pulled out of UFC 222 due to an injury and Edgar took a huge risk to accept the bout with Brian Ortega.
Some of the fellow fighters praise Frankie Edgar on accepting a non-title fight against division’s top prospect, and now Former UFC lightweight champion’s longtime coach and a friend took to social media to issue a touching statement:
“You’re beyond blessed in your life if you’ve had the privilege to meet one great person in your life,” Henry wrote. “I’m talking about someone who impacts just thousands around him and changes and impacts your life for the better. It’s been an absolute miracle in my almost 50 years to have had two of these amazing men in my life. My father in law Pino and my little brother Frankie Edgar.”
”Even though I’m a lot older than Frankie, he has taught me way more lessons in life than I could have ever taught him. Besides being an incredible son, brother, father, husband, friend, general, mentor, champion, teammate and example to millions, I can’t thank him enough for being the most incredible example to my son for the past 13 years. So hard in these times to find a great role model for your kids these days and I’ve been blessed beyond belief to have had this man be an example to what is dearest to me.”
”Forget this fight stuff,” Henry finished. “There’s way bigger things in life and it’s a GUARANTEE we will be back stronger than ever! Congratulations to Brian Ortega and his amazing team. Brian’s awesome example to kids. Thanks so much to everyone for always giving love and respect to our champ.”
Frankie Edgar has gone 7-3 over his past ten fights, which includes stoppage wins over BJ Penn, Cub Swanson, Chad Mendes and the aforementioned Yair Rodriguez.
Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar took to social media today and address the loss:
Saturday did not go as planned, congrats to Ortega he definitely got me with some good ones. Thanks to all my peers, my team, my friends, and my fans for their nice words, they don't go unnoticed. All I can do now is dust myself off and get ready to put it all on the line again.
— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) March 5, 2018
“Saturday did not go as planned, congrats to Ortega he definitely got me with some good ones. Thanks to all my peers, my team, my friends, and my fans for their nice words, they don’t go unnoticed. All I can do now is dust myself off and get ready to put it all on the line again.”
As for Brian Ortega, he’s expected to move on and challenge Max Holloway for the featherweight title fight this summer, even UFC president Dana White said, he will immediately make this fight as soon champion healed.