Frankie Edgar basically turned into Homer Simpson when he was caught with a brutal front kick by Marlon Vera in his UFC 268 defeat.
The 40-year-old suffered a fourth loss in five bouts when he was finished in the third round at Madison Square Garden.
Out of nowhere, the former UFC lightweight champion was caught viciously on the chin from the kick and fell to the canvas.
The referee stepped in straight away to wave off the contest.
Front kick to the face! 😳— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) November 7, 2021
Marlon Vera caught Frankie Edgar clean under the chin. Brutal!
Vamos Chito! 🇪🇨 pic.twitter.com/A1ELEh0M1n
Somehow, Edgar was unhappy with the way in which the fight ended but the stoppage simply had to come.
Because the impact of the foot hitting him flush on chin was so brutal that Edgar's face became flattened and mushy.
Pictures doing the rounds taken from cageside look like they have been photoshopped but we promise you; they are completely legitimate.
Needless to say, the punchface picture caused a massive stir on social media:
Frankie Edgar got transformed into one of those monkey N/f/t/s pic.twitter.com/5ZKK9wVEbT— you just lost to Hacran Dias (@SunshineSprkl69) November 7, 2021
When ur Frankie Edgar and you’ve just been kicked in the chin pic.twitter.com/9TCVvpO8Zx— King Malokai (@kingmalokai) November 7, 2021
Saturday: I love Frankie Edgar. A win would be cool, but I really just want to see the legend look decent and not get fucked up too bad.— GiFfY boy Griffin (@Wizeguy1015) November 7, 2021
Sunday: Holy shit, check this out#UFC268 pic.twitter.com/u63CC0gyac
Holy shit, Marlon Vera turned Frankie Edgar into an NFT! pic.twitter.com/S3Ma1yS3Zv— keith (@keefySbaby) November 7, 2021
Vera earned a healthy Performance of the Night bonus for his incredible KO.
"In the cage it’s my family or yours and my family is more important to me," he said on his impressive win.
"We drill those things up the middle. I work hard. I go hard. That immigrant mentality, it’s forever."
As for Edgar, a legend of the sport, he had a tough old night in the same way he did in earlier this year when Cory Sandhagen put him away in the first round with a flying knee.
His last victory inside the Octagon was via split decision against Pedro Munhoz last year.
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