He may have not headlined the card, but Brian ‘T-City’ Ortega definitely stole the show at UFC 222.
Ortega knocked out Frankie Edgar in the first round with a brutal uppercut. With the win, ‘T-City’ puts himself as the next contender to face Max Holloway for the featherweight title. Last night Frankie Edgar was finished for the first time in his career -after more than 6 hours inside the Octagon.
During the post-fight conference, Brian said he owed the victory to his patience. Virtue he has shown in some of his UFC wins by finishing guys in the third round after seemingly be losing in the scorecards. However, last night his patience only took about four minutes to pay off.
“The way I looked at it was, let me see what this guy’s going to bring to the table real quick, let me try to figure out his plan. He came in, he was sticking, he was moving. I didn’t see him trying to wrestle so I put some pressure on him, then once I really relaxed in there, then I started throwing my shots and landing them, and I was just figuring my own self out. And once I did, that was it.”
With the finish, ‘T-City’ showed how much his striking continues to improve fight after fight. He first rocked Edgar with an elbow to the temple. He waited for the right moment and knocked him out with a beautiful uppercut that lifted Edgar off the canvas.
“I took my time trying to finish him, I knew he was rocked. When I saw that opportunity to throw an uppercut, I threw it with bad intentions. I don’t want to have bad intentions, but when I’m in there. I had bad intentions when I threw that one — and it landed right on the dot.”
— FOX Sports Argentina (@FOXSportsArg) March 4, 2018