“It is not the memories that hurt, but the flashback that follows”,- not valid for Frankie Edgar. Edgar has already forgotten Saturday night’s heartbreaking loss.
The former lightweight champion went face-to-face with Cory Sandhagen in a co-main event match at UFC Vegas 18. Just moments in the opening round, 28 seconds Sandhagen beautifully timed a flying knee that put him out. Edgar’s First loss after dropping to 135 pounds.
Edgar is not afraid of what comes next
Edgar could not keep it inside. He took it to Instagram on Monday, sharing his views on what happened on Saturday night at the APEX.
“I’ve licked my wounds long enough,” says Edgar. “I’m home with my family [and] life is good. On Saturday I was as prepared for a fight as I could have been. Props to Cory Sandhagen, he landed a perfectly timed and executed bomb on me, luckily I don’t remember it much lol. This game can be a cruel b*tch and Saturday night was just that, but I ain’t panicked. I’ve been here before.”
The fight ended with Sandhegan standing tall, “It feels good but that’s Frankie Edgar,” Sandhagen while paying respect to his opponent. “I don’t want to watch that happen to him but better him than me. That’s the game.” Sandhegan added.
He stands in the position to challenge the winner of the bantamweight title fight between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259.
Sandhagen had a five-inch height advantage, started the fight by circling away and landing outside leg strikes to Edgar. Yet the fight’s finishing strike landed abruptly just as Sandhagen. The 39-year-old had a successful bantamweight debut win against Pedro Munhoz at the Main Event of UFC on ESPN 15 event.
Edgar said, “To my fans who always ride with me, I appreciate you all and you make this fun for me. [Until] the next time, see you all soon!”
It was the second-fastest knockout from a flying knee in UFC history after Jorge Masvidal’s five-second finish against Ben Askren in 2019. However, this fight certainly has taken none of his highly regarded hunger and drive away from him.