Frankie Edgar didn’t have to take his UFC 222 fight against Brian Ortega.
Edgar was supposed to face featherweight champ Max Holloway for the belt. But when Holloway dropped out with an injury, young buck Ortega offered up his services. Despite having a well-earned title shot waiting for him, Edgar took the Ortega fight.
And he got knocked out.
Since then, both Holloway and former featherweight (and current lightweight) champ Conor McGregor have chimed in to show Edgar some love. Edgar is, after all, a no-nonsense fighter who’s given everything he has in every fight – a trait that has made him a fighter’s fighter.
You had nothing to gain from taking that fight @FrankieEdgar. But you took it you defended what you already earned. There’s no belt for sacrificing everything but true fans and Jersey knows no belt can outshine what you bring to the sport. Chin up bratha
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) March 4, 2018
Frankie’s career deserved for that to be against me tonight.
Love and respect always!
A true fighters fighter ❤
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 4, 2018
How’s that for respect from your peers?