Frankie Edgar’s legendary profession didn’t get a fairytale ending at UFC 281. Preventing in his closing battle earlier than retiring from the game, Edgar was flattened by a brutal knee from Chris Gutierrez to finish the bantamweight bout within the first spherical.
Gutierrez acquired off to a fast begin, touchdown strikes from all angles whereas additionally feinting and utilizing his footwork to maintain Edgar at distance. Whereas Edgar was capable of take in the primary flurry of strikes from Gutierrez, it was clear he wanted to alter the place the battle was happening.
Edgar tried to try this, altering ranges and capturing for a takedown. Gutierrez realized the shot was coming and threw a knee straight down the center, connecting to Edgar’s head and sending him crashing to the mat.
The tip of the battle got here at simply the two:01 mark of Spherical 1.
Forward of the occasion, Edgar, a former light-weight champion and multi-time featherweight title challenger, had introduced that the battle could be his closing skilled bout. He was capable of give a short post-fight interview, stating that the consequence was clearly not how the ultimate chapter of his storied profession to play out.
“I really like this sport, man,” Edgar mentioned. “I did not need to exit like that. This sport is a bitch. However I’ve acquired my household and that is all that issues.”
Gutierrez is now using an eight-fight unbeaten streak, the lone blemish in that stretch an August 2020 draw towards Cody Durden.
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