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28 Feb 2018 by TSZ

​MMA Preview – Frankie Edgar vs Brian Ortega at UFC 222

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 222? Sunday 4th March, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 222? T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada

What channel is UFC 222 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 222? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 222? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

This is the fight that may save the card in terms of viewing figures. It has only come about due to the current champion Max Holloway pulling out of the headlining fight with an eye injury. Thus, the number three ranked contender – Brian Ortega – has stepped up to fight Edgar.

As if anyone needed convincing of just how game Edgar is, he has accepted this fight on short notice against an unbeaten prodigy with skills that are unmatched in the division. These skills come in the form of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that are simply on a different level. He is a lot bigger than Edgar and is adding to his skillset with every fight and finished his last five fights, disposing other contenders with ease.

Edgar’s resume is well-known as the former lightweight champion and a top five ranked fighter for the last eight years. The lionhearted veteran is never out of the fight, is as well-rounded as it gets with possibly possesses the best cardio in MMA.

Ortega has rampaged his way up the division with unmissable performances as you know when he gets his hands on his opponents you will be witnessing some of the most well-developed skill in the sport, which was displayed in his last bout against Cub Swanson. Adjusting his grip in mid-air to cinch a guillotine, he put away the biggest and most experienced opponent of his career.

THE PREDICTION

Edgar’s work rate is relentless which has overwhelmed the majority of his opponents. He throws a constant output of strikes capable of putting people away but his key weapon is his takedowns. His takedown accuracy is only 33.45% but refusing to give up - he will eventually complete a takedown and maintain top position, delivering suffocating damage.

But what makes this contest so exciting is that Ortega will be the only fighter Edgar has faced that will welcome being put on his back. His submission game is so aggressive and clinical he can submit anyone from anywhere.

That said, Edgar has never been finished but has to respect the strengths of Ortega, so the majority of this bout could easily remain on the feet.

Winner: Edgar via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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