Frankie Edgar (R) and Brian Ortega fight during their featherweight bout during UFC 222 at T-Mobile Arena on March 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Isaac Brekken/Getty Images/AFP
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Brian Ortega needed less than one round at UFC 222 to do something never done before.Ortega stopped the former UFC champion on a devastating uppercut with 16 seconds left in the first round, and Cris "Cyborg" Justino defended her featherweight title with a first-round stoppage of Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 Saturday night.Edgar (21-6-1) was stopped for the first time in his 13-year mixed martial arts career by Ortega (14-0), who likely earned a featherweight title shot against dominant champion Max Holloway with his latest spectacular finish at T-Mobile Arena. Ortega started the knockout with a sneaky left elbow that wobbled Edgar late in the round, and he landed several more punches before retreating and launching a perfect right uppercut in a partial clinch.Edgar was supposed to get a title shot at UFC 222 until Holloway dropped out with an injury less than four weeks ago. Instead, Edgar asked to stay on the card with a replacement opponent – and Ortega pounced.Dana White is also a believer in Ortega, and the UFC president is eager to make the fight with Holloway.
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