The funny thing about something being inevitable is that it inevitably happens.

Frankie Edgar has been a top-level member of the featherweight division’s elite since he moved down from lightweight, with Jose Aldo the only man at 145 pounds to ever defeat him. But the toll taken by both time and mileage will always rear its ugly head at some point… and that point was in the co-main event of UFC 222.

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Brian Ortega shouldn’t have been in that cage, it should’ve been featherweight champ Max Holloway. However, with Holloway injured, Edgar needed someone to dance with, and the up-and-coming Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt had just the right amount of Octagon wins to qualify.

And so it was that Edgar came out with his usual blinding speed, blending impeccable footwork with his boxer’s hands, chasing Ortega around probing for openings. Ortega found his opening first though, making the former lightweight champ a little fuzzy with a well-placed elbow and then peppering him with more punches. As he’s wont to do, Edgar kept on the offense, moving forward while trying to latch onto his foe, but it was no thang for Ortega to throw out an uppercut for Edgar to walk into.

Edgar dropped like a sack of bricks, and that was all she wrote.

Results: Brian Ortega def. Frankie Edgar via KO (Punch) at 4:44, R1