It was an unusually quick night for Frankie Edgar on Saturday in Las Vegas.
The former UFC lightweight champion, now competing at 135-pounds, was knocked out less than 30 seconds into his latest fight courtesy of a stunning flying knee by surging contender Cory Sandhagen, likely extinguishing any real hopes that the 39-year-old future Hall of Fame entrant could go on one last title run before he hangs up his gloves for good.
And commenting for the first time after the defeat, Edgar congratulated his opponent for the ‘KO of the Year’ contender and confirmed that he isn’t contemplating retirement just yet.
The Sandman Cory Sandhagen secures a statement win over a former UFC champion Frankie Edgar with a flying knee knockout! 🦵 💥#UFCVegas18 pic.twitter.com/pNmZmtka8f
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) February 7, 2021
Frankie Edgar posted a statement on Instagram regarding his loss on Saturday 👇 pic.twitter.com/zgiFmjIQTr
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) February 8, 2021
“I’ve licked my wounds long enough,” Edgar wrote on Instagram. “I’m home with my family [and] life is good. On Saturday I was as prepared for a fight as I could have been. Props to Cory Sandhagen, he landed a perfectly timed and executed bomb on me, luckily I don’t remember it much lol. This game can be a cruel b*tch and Saturday night was just that, but I ain’t panicked. I’ve been here before.
“To my fans who always ride with me, I appreciate you all and you make this fun for me. [Until] the next time, see you all soon!”