Ortega became the first man to finish Frankie Edgar, who he fought in the co-main event of UFC 222, with a first round knockout of "The Answer" after some hellacious strikes. As Edgar rushed in, Ortega caught him with a hard elbow that wobbled him. It was Orteg a's highest profile fight and a chance at another title fight for Edgar. Ortega picked up on this and started putting pressure on Edgar coming forward even more. His right hand was landing.
After taking enough from Edgar and figuring out his range, Ortega began to move forward, putting power behind a series of combinations, as well as mixing in feints just to mess with Edgar's head. Although Edgar availed himself well in the early portion of the round, an elbow caught him flush on the temple, wobbling him before Ortega finished off the job with a picture ideal uppercut. Edgar covered up and clinched. He landed a devastating uppercut floored Edgar and landed a couple punches on the ground before the referee stepped in.
"I believe that she will be happy in WWE, and it's completely different from the reality of MMA", Cyborg told MMA Fighting at the time. Also, we'll have to wait to see if Nunes is a worthy opponent for Cyborg, or is it going to be the hard-hitting featherweight, Megan Anderson. Do you think that this fight will be ready in time for International Fight Week?
"The fact we now have a title fight with him against Holloway, you know, Holloway looked incredible against Jose Aldo in his last fight and I'm excited about this", White said. I'm going to adopt and bring my niece with me, and it's going to be at the end of March, and I accepted this fight (with Kunitskaya) because it's the beginning of March and it [fit into] my plan. It's a technique Ortega regularly practices.
"But it would be a shame if I don't have him on my record when all is said and done".
And while his friends struggled, Ortega surrounded himself with a surrogate family that allowed him to thrive and to build a fighting career on the verge of a breakthrough.
If Frankie Edgar thought it was safer to try Brian Ortega on the feet, he was mistaken.