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09th Mar 2018

Joe Rogan’s reaction to Frankie Edgar’s first knockout loss really said it all

Utter disbelief

Ben Kiely

Joe Rogan

When Frankie Edgar hit the floor at UFC 222, so did Joe Rogan’s jaw.

Joe Rogan said a lot using very few ‘words’ at the climax of UFC 222’s event. When Brian Ortega landed that slashing elbow before lifting Frankie Edgar off his feet with an uppercut, all he could do was scream in disbelief.

“Oooooh! Ooooooh! Wow!”

That’s all that needed to be said. Play-by-play man Jon Anik steadied the ship by informing the masses that ‘T-City’ became the first man to finish ‘The Answer’.

The agony

Edgar felt the full force of that vicious haymaker, but it may have hit his loyal team harder.

His coaches, Ricardo Almeida and Mark Henry, had seen the Toms River native survive a remarkable amount of adversity in over a decade in the UFC. They watched him get dropped multiple times in the first round against Gray Maynard before picking himself up, dusting himself off and fighting to a draw.

They saw him recover from that seismic Jeremy Stephens headkick like a champ to score a unanimous decision victory.

However, just like everyone else, they didn’t see this coming.

Joe Rogan

The ecstasy

For Team Ortega, this marked the moment the world finally took notice of what they had seen from their fighter behind closed doors.

Coaches Rener Gracie and James Luhrsen raised their hands in the air and leapt out of their seats in delight. His friends and family embraced each other in the crowd through tear-filled eyes.

Joe Rogan

As for three men in the commentary booth, Rogan, Anik and Cormier, only one word could sum up their reactions to the finish – shock.

Joe Rogan

Check these cathartic reactions out in the video embedded below. It’s important to note that the YouTube clip is just a preview of UFC 222: the Thrill and the Agony. The full version is available to watch on FightPass.