Ortega is a slow starter so in a three round fight, Edgar just needs to do enough damage in the first two rounds to survive the third. Edgar is back in the loss column after a two-fight winning streak and a stretch of seven victories in eight fights.
He accepted the fight that will serve as Saturday's UFC 222 co-main event to the women's featherweight title defense by Cris Cyborg at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
"Well, listen, Frankie Edgar is so tough, man, and he's been in there with everybody, and I know he was very confident for this fight". But in doing so, Edgar left himself open to strong counter strikes from Ortega.
Edgar, at the age of 36, understands the high risk of taking this fight, rather than waiting on the sidelines for Holloway to become healthy and rebooking his title fight for a later date. And, uh, you know, you found out tonight that Ortega's for real. Julianna Pena, who just gave birth to her first child a few weeks ago and hasn't fought since January 2017, is stationed at No. 2 in the rankings, while Ronda Rousey - you know, the newest WWE superstar - is still somehow in the top 10.
Like the heavyweight clash, this one should be electric, even if there aren't meaningful divisional stakes on the line.
Brian Ortega is a black belt under the tutelage of Rorion and Rener Gracie. After a takedown, sitting in Ortega's guard would be a mistake for Edgar. Everyone says, 'Oh, it's a risky fight, ' and they're right.
Frankie Edgar will likely get the better of this fight on the feet. "It just sets up an incredible match-up between Ortega and Holloway, so, that's next".
While Edgar has far more experience than Ortega, with his 22-5-1 MMA record, this fight will come down to game plan and execution. It went by the wayside, and Ortega may have earned a title shot with Holloway now, instead.
Many notable fighters, including Conor McGregor, chimed in on Brian Ortega's historic win on social media following the contest. All six of Oretga's UFC wins have come by way of stoppage. He will have the biggest fight of his life in his next bout.
Barring a couple of clinches, "T-City" didn't utilise his grappling whatsoever against Edgar in what was a back-and-forth first round but he did show off vastly improved striking by overwhelming his opponent with 30 seconds to go in the opening frame.