Frankie Edgar Is ‘Heartbroken’ For Not Pulling A Victory In Title Fight
Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar landed some great combinations and an overhand power right early in the fight. Max Holloway caught ‘The Answer’ with an inside uppercut almost three times. By the second frame, Edgar shoots out some shots, but Holloway’s timing was so dominant that he hurled some power shots that bruised Edgar.
In the third round, Edgar landed some right hands and attempted a few takedowns, but ‘Blessed’ defended so nicely and returned a few jabs. Holloway caught Edgar with uppercut combinations and hurt ‘Answer’ badly.
In the fourth round, Holloway kept landing jabs, and Edgar found the timing and threw some clean combinations inside, but it wasn’t enough to dominate the round. Edgar tried for another takedown, but featherweight champion defended nicely.
In the last frame, Holloway controlled most of the round as his constant movement, and different angles kept Edgar on the feet. ‘Answer’ counter with some hard punches. Holloway played nicely and en route to scoring a decision win.
“”‘I’m heartbroken,”” Edgar said. “”‘It’s tough when you want something really that bad, and you ‘can’t get it. ‘I’ve been close so many times before.””
“”‘I’m pissed off, a little disappointed, but ‘I’m proud of my performance,”” Edgar added later. “”‘I’m just disappointed in letting my team down, you know? I know ‘they’re proud of me, but you always want to deliver a victory to them because they sacrifice so much as well.””
Holloway landed more shot throughout five-rounds and judges gave ‘Blessed’ 50-45, 49-46 and 48-47 with all three giving the decision to champion.
Edgar found some success in between the rounds, but that wasn’t enough to pull a win.
“I thought I won a couple,” Edgar said. “It’s tough to really say when you’re in there, I guess I’ve got to watch the fight. But my team thought I won a couple too.
“It doesn’t matter, it wasn’t enough.”
Holloway extended his winning streak to 14-1 in his past 15 fights.
Meanwhile, Edgar is unsure what’s next for him, but during a cage interview with Joe Rogan, Edgar said he’s not retiring from the cage.
“I don’t say s*it, I don’t really care what anybody thinks or says,” Edgar said. “I guess that was for myself.”
Frankie Edgar is now 3-3 in his last six fight.