Frankie Edgar breaks silence following UFC 222 loss

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But Edgar, 36, knows his window of opportunity for a title fight might be narrowing.

There have been no backwards steps, no unexpected losses or sluggish performances that made you think his slide from contention was starting. Also, they told me the victor of this fight gets the title shot.

Despite the two going back-and-forth through social media and managers recently, McGregor paid Edgar his respects following a knockout loss by the former UFC champion at UFC 222 Saturday night.

Ortega is an underdog, but he's used to the feeling. I've always seen it. "The way I look at it is, 'What can you do to me that hasn't been done to me already? I've been beaten up worse than that in my life'". After his win, the rising star was asked about UFC 226, and Ortega said "yeah sure" (quotes via MMA Junkie).

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-Cris Cyborg def. Yana Kunitskaya via KO (round 1).

As Bruce Buffer introduced Ortega, a smirk began to form on his face, indicating he was in the flawless mindset for a battle. In addition to this lightweight title wins over B.J. Penn and Maynard, the two-division standout has also bested Hermes Franca and Sean Sherk at lightweight and Charles Oliveira, Cub Swanson, Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes, Jeremy Stephens and Yair Rodriguez at featherweight.

At home in Lomita, Ortega still sleeps on the floor, just as he did as a kid when his family home in San Pedro frequently had well over a dozen people crammed into it, leaving no bed for him. "Straight up, it's me", Ortega said. "It was people who said, 'You're better than this, ' who told me, 'You don't belong in this world.' MMA and jiu-jitsu and training gave me an escape". "I do kind of consider him a throwback a little bit, plus he seems to not be like these young guys who are willing to get on the mic and cut a promo". It felt like a changing of the guard show. Besides being an incredible son, brother, father, husband, friend, general, mentor, champion, teammate and example to millions, I can't thank him enough for being the most incredible example to my son for the past 13 years. Edgar either started to pick up on this or was looking to switch up his strategy a bit, since his strikes weren't hurting Ortega.

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