UFC legend suffers vicious knockout in last fight of his career (VIDEO) – RT Sport News

Frankie Edgar’s final career fight didn’t quite go as he hoped as the former UFC lightweight champion suffered a devastating knockout to his hands (or knee, more aptly) of rival Chris Gutierrez during Saturday night’s UFC 281 event at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Town.

Edgar, 41, from New Jersey, was fighting for the last time in a 36-fight career that won him UFC gold but also a reputation as one of the most enduring champions in the world. sport – but recent results have indicated his chin isn’t quite as iron as it once was, and that was again evident in the first round of the Big Apple when Gutierrez found a home for a flying knee that collapsed Edgar backwards to the canvas.

The end came just over two minutes inside the first round and was Edgar’s fourth knockout loss in his last five fights, and immediately sucked the air out of a fiercely pro- Edgar paying homage to the Octagon icon during his final battle in the cage.

And while Edgar’s Hall of Fame career ended on a bittersweet note, the seasoned veteran made it clear he didn’t regret a single moment of the nearly eight hours he spent in the cage. of the UFC.

I love this sportEdgar said after regaining consciousness. “I didn’t want to go out like this. This sport sucks. I have my family here, that’s all that matters. Congratulations Chris. This sport isn’t always so forgiving.”

Gutierrez, for his part, improves his career record to an impressive 19-4-2 and makes it eight UFC fights since his last loss.

In his own post-fight comments, he said his introduction to the fight was extremely taxing.

It’s just a rollercoastersaid Gutierrez, whose mother and head coach were recently diagnosed with cancer.

I come from nothing. Statistically, I wasn’t supposed to be here. I’m here now. It’s a dream come true to be here at Madison Square Garden.”

A host of fighters, meanwhile, paid their respects to Edgar as he left the Octagon for the last time – almost all using a common word to describe Edgar’s career.

Sad to see Frankie Edgar fall like thiswrote another former champion, Rafael Dos Anjos. “It is a difficult sport. Enjoy your retirement legend.”

Bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling added: “Frankie, you are a legendary brother. Nothing to chew on. I know you have so many opportunities for success after this chapter of your life. Long live the iron force, Frankie Edgar!

Even Khamzat Chimaev couldn’t contain his admiration, as the Chechen-born star wrote just one word online: “Legend.”

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