Conor McGregor Reacts To Brian Ortega Handing Frankie Edgar First Stoppage Loss Of His Career

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Conor McGregor almost always waits until after a fight to show any of his fellow UFC fighters even a sliver of graciousness. And though he didn’t end up fighting former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 222, something McGregor claims he proposed, he sent the 36-year-old well-wishes after an upset loss to Brian Ortega.

The undefeated Ortega, filling in for an injured Max Holloway, handed Edgar his first-ever stoppage loss.

The path to Ortega’s victory in the featherweight bout started with this solid elbow to Edgar’s temple in the first round.

And it ended with a somehow more vicious uppercut later in the opening frame.

McGregor gave Edgar a shoutout, adding that he should have been fighting instead of Ortega.

Two weeks ago, McGregor claimed in an Instagram post that he’d volunteered to replace Holloway at UFC 222 and that he’d been denied by the promotion.

“I put my name forward to step in at UFC 222 to face Frankie Edgar when Max Holloway pulled out, but I was told there wasn’t enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need,” McGregor wrote.

“I was excited about bouncing in last minute and taking out the final featherweight, without all the rest of the stuff that comes with this game.”