On Saturday night following Frankie Edgar's tough knockout loss to Brian Ortega at UFC 222, McGregor took to Twitter to give the former lightweight champ a shoutout. When Holloway was forced out of this fight with an injury, however, Edgar accepted a late-notice battle with surging contender Brian Ortega, putting his well-deserved title shot on the line in an incredibly high-risk move.
The first round started off with "T-City" taking a tentative approach against the experienced Edgar. The dominant UFC champion had little trouble with the huge underdog, hurting Kunitskaya repeatedly with strikes before finishing her off with ground-and-pound.
It's clear what will be next for UFC women's featherweight champion Cris Cyborg. Sarah Moras is without a fight and would be a good way to acclimate her back to bantamweight.
As much as missing out on the Holloway-Edgar fight for a second time still smarts, this is a pretty nice consolation prize. "Because again, I just don't think Conor's really serious about it".
"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. "And now she's calling me out, I'm not calling Amanda out". That sent Edgar to the canvas, two punches followed, but it was already over as the ref called the end to the fight. Wow. Kunitskaya was a game opponent, but she still hasn't reached the level necessary to contend with Cyborg, who hasn't lost since her MMA debut in 2005. "I respect her being the champion, but I don't think she fight anybody like me, too".
Edgar was moving around and stood active.
"I don't know what happened", O'Malley said from his back. I've always seen it. Arlovski earned a decision over Stefan Struve treading slowly towards other main fights in the heavyweight division. Just happy to fight through it and get the win.