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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)

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.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are gearing up for a run at a third straight Stanley Cup!

The Pittsburgh Penguins are gearing up for a run at a third straight Stanley Cup!

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

The Pittsburgh Penguins have played more hockey over the past two years than any other team in the National Hockey League.

That is what happens when you win back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships.

The Penguins won their second-straight Stanley Cup last June when they defeated the Nashville Predators 4-2 in their best of seven playoff series.

Pittsburgh’s success can be largely contributed to their “three-headed monster” which comes in the form of Team Captain Sidney Crosby and Assistant Captains Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel.

All three players currently sit tied for fourth in league scoring with 66 points a piece.

Evgeni Malkin leads the team in goals scored with 32, which is also good for second spot in the league, trailing only Washington Capitals sniper Alexander Ovechkin who currently has netted 34.

The Penguins currently sit in second spot in the Metropolitan Division with 70-points and seem poised for another run at this year’s Stanley Cup Championship.

Pittsburgh has gone 8-1-1 over the course of their last ten games and seem to have found their groove just in time for their next playoff run.

The Penguins are hoping to become the first team since the 1983 New York Islanders to win three straight Stanley Cups.

Check Out The Updated UFC 222 Fight Card

Check Out The Updated UFC 222 Fight Card

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

March’s UFC 222 pay-per-view event was expected to be headlined by a featherweight title between current champ Max Holloway and top contender Frankie Edgar.

Unfortunately for fight fans, the Hawaiian champion suffered a leg injury and was forced to pull out of his highly anticipated title fight with “The Answer”.

With that news, the promotion was forced to find a new event headliner on short-notice for the March 3 fight card in Las Vegas.

In the end, the UFC convinced current women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg to help save the UFC 222 card by accepting a fight with Invicta FC bantamweight title holder Yana Kunitskaya.

Cyborg was last seen in action at December’s UFC 219 event, where she scored a unanimous decision victory over former women’s bantamweight title holder Holly Holm.

Meanwhile, Yana Kunitskaya was most recently seen in action at Invicta FC 25 where she captured the promotions vacant bantamweight title by scoring a unanimous decision win over Raquel Pa’aluhi.

As for the aforementioned UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, “The Answer” will still compete on the March 3 fight card when he throws down with surging division contender Brian Ortega in a non-title bout.

Edgar is currently riding a two-fight win streak, his latest being a second-round TKO victory over Yair Rodriguez at May’s UFC 211 event in Dallas.

Meanwhile, Ortega recently extended his record to a perfect 13-0 by scoring a submission victory over perennial division contender Cub Swanson this past December.

Get the full UFC 222 pay-per-view fight card below:

Main Card

145 lbs women’s title fight: Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya
145 lbs: Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega
135 lbs.: Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath
265 lbs.: Andrei Arlovski vs. Stefan Struve
135 lbs.: Ketlen Vieira vs. Cat Zingano

FS1 Prelims

115 lbs.: Mackenzie Dern vs. Ashley Yoder
155 lbs.: Beneil Dariush vs. TBD
135 lbs.: John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz
185 lbs.: Hector Lombard vs. C.B. Dollaway

Fight Pass Prelims

135 lbs.: Bryan Caraway vs. Cody Stamann
205 lbs.: Mike Pyle vs. Zak Ottow
205 lbs.: Jordan Johnson vs. Adam Milstead

Nate Diaz is interested in saving UFC 222!

Nate Diaz is interested in saving UFC 222!

Nate Diaz is interested in saving UFC 222!

Former UFC lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz says he is interested in saving March’s UFC 222 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas.

The Stockton Slugger revealed the exciting news to the LA Times Lance Pugmire.

“The best option to fill in for the @BlessedMMA void at #UFC222 is @NateDiaz209 and he tells me he’s 💯 interested….make it happen @ufc” – Lance Pugmire

UFC 222, which goes gown on March 3, recently lost its headliner as UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway suffered an injury and will no longer be able to defend his title against Frankie Edgar.

“The Answer” is still expected to compete at the event, as the promotion is hoping to book him in a non-title bout against Brian Ortega.

The UFC 222 pay-per-view event definitely needs some serious help and Nate Diaz may be the only solid option who is willing and available.

Who would you like to see Nate Diaz fight if he steps up and saves UFC 222?