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VIDEO | Watch Brian Ortega KO Frankie Edgar at UFC 222

VIDEO | Watch Brian Ortega KO Frankie Edgar at UFC 222

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

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Brian Ortega made history at the past weekend’s UFC 222 event in Las Vegas, becoming the first fighter in history to finish UFC legend Frankie Edgar.

“T-City” was able to land a nasty standing elbow that had Edgar on wobbly legs and in all sorts of trouble.

From there, Ortega would land a pair of punches followed by a savage uppercut that send the former lightweight champion crashing to the canvas.

Ortega would follow up with two ground and pound strikes which prompted the referee to step in and stop the contest.

With the win, Ortega has now earned himself a shot at current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway.

Frankie Edgar will fight anyone at any weight class and Cody Garbrandt is down!

Frankie Edgar will fight anyone at any weight class and Cody Garbrandt is down!

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Frankie Edgar will fight anyone at any weight class and Cody Garbrandt is down!

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke some very unfortunate news Friday when he announced that current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway had suffered an injury and was no longer able to defend his belt against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222.

With that news, the UFC has been left scrambling to try and find a new main event while attempting to keep “The Answer” on the March 3 fight card in Las Vegas.

MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani reported that the UFC was hoping to have Brian Ortega replace the injured Max Holloway against Frankie Edgar in a non-title bout.

The promotion was also hoping to book a short-notice bantamweight title fight rematch between current champ T.J. Dillashaw and former title holder Cody Garbrandt to help salvage the card.

Unfortunately for fight fans hoping to see that rematch, Dillashaw is apparently injured and would rather return at UFC 226 this July in a super-fight with current Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

The always game former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar recently took to Twitter where he bravely announced that he would be willing to fight anyone in any weight class to save the UFC 222 pay-per-view event.

“I’m down for anyone, any fight, any weight class. Let’s save this fight card! @danawhite @seanshelby @Mickmaynard2” – Frankie Edgar

It did not take long for “The Answer” to receive an offer, as the aforementioned former UFC bantamweight champion of the world Cody Garbrandt took to social media with the following.

“@AliAbdelaziz00 get us paid I’m down!! #fightersfight” – Cody Garbrandt

Is this the fight to make?

Frankie Edgar forced out of UFC 218 title fight with Max Holloway

Frankie Edgar forced out of UFC 218 title fight with Max Holloway

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC 218 just lost it’s highly anticipated main event title fight between current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway and former lightweight title holder Frankie Edgar.

It was announced earlier tonight by Brazilian news outlet combate, that “The Answer” had suffered an injury and was no longer able to compete at the December 2 event in Detroit, Michigan.

Max Holloway is looking to remain on the card and says he is “willing to fight anyone for the fans of Detroit”.

“Blessed” was last seen in action at UFC 212 in June where he defeated Jose Aldo via third-round TKO to become the promotions undisputed featherweight champion.

Since the new broke, several top featherweights including Jose Aldo, Ricardo Lamas and Cub Swanson have offered to replace Edgar at the UFC 218 pay-per-view event.

No word yet on which fight, if any, will get the nod.

Five fights more fights made official for UFC 205 in New York

Five fights more fights made official for UFC 205 in New York

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

November’s UFC 205 fight card in New York is finally beginning to take shape.

The promotion announced five bouts as being official for the event on this evening’s edition of UFC Tonight.

The first bout mentioned was a key welterweight fight between former lightweight title challenger Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and perennial contender Kelvin Gastelum.

Donald Cowboy Cerrone

Cerrone has gone 3-0 since moving up to the UFC’s stacked welterweight division, scoring finishes in all three of those victories.

Meanwhile, Kelvin Gastelum has gone 2-1 in his last three octagon appearances, most recently scoring a unanimous decision victory over former champ Johny Hendricks at UFC 200 in July.

A featherweight bout between former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and knockout artist Jeremy Stephens was also announced for the card.

ufc featherweight

Frankie Edgar is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Jose Aldo at UFC 200, which was for the promotions interim featherweight title. Prior to the setback, Edgar had reeled off five-straight wins in the division.

Jeremy Stephens was most recently seen in action at May’s UFC Fight Night event in Las Vegas, where he scored a unanimous decision victory over former bantamweight title holder Renan Barao.

UFC 205 will also feature a pair of middleweight contests, as the promotion announced that former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans would be taking on Tim Kennedy, and Tim Boetsch will be squaring off with Rafael Natal.

Rashad Evans training in Thailand

Evans fight with Kennedy will serve as his middleweight debut. The former 205-pound title holder has suffered losses to Ryan Bader and most recently Glover Teixeira in his latest octagon appearances.

Meanwhile, Tim Kennedy will fight for the first time since September of 2014, where he suffered a controversial knockout loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 178. Prior to that, Kennedy had scored a decision victory over current middleweight champion Michael Bisping at the TUF Nations Finale event in Quebec City, Canada.

The final bout announced for UFC 205 this evening was a women’s fight between Katlyn Chookagian and Liz Carmouche.

The UFC also announced that they would be holding a press conference on Tuesday September 27, which will include all the stars of UFC 205.

UFC 205 takes place November 12 live from Madison Square Garden in New York.