Edgar Out, Rodriguez In for UFC Denver

Yet another UFC card’s main event this year has taken a hit, as Frankie Edgar has been forced to pull out of the scheduled UFC Denver main event against “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung.

Yair Rodriguez will now enter as a short-notice replacement for the headliner of the UFC’s 25th-anniversary event, which takes place on Nov. 10 at the Pepsi Center. UFC President Dana White first broke the news to ESPN.

Edgar’s camp told Ariel Helwani that the former UFC lightweight champion tore his left biceps but will not require surgery. Edgar hopes to return to the Octagon in early 2019.

Rodriguez has not competed in the UFC since UFC 211 back in May 2017, losing via doctor’s stoppage to Edgar. Rodriguez was released for three weeks back in May 2018 due to contractual and matchmaking issues — including declining two featherweight fights, in particular, one against Zabit Magomedsharipov for UFC 228 — putting him at odds with the UFC and White. While the sides reconciled, Rodriguez, the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, ultimately pulled out of the fight due to injury.

Jung has not competed since a February 2017 knockout of Dennis Bermudez, which was his the Korean Zombie’s first fight since a failed 2013 title shot against then-featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Jung completed a mandatory two years’ military service for his country of South Korea between 2014 and 2016. Jung was scheduled to face Ricardo Lamas at UFC 214 back in July 2017 but ended up pulling out because of a knee injury.

Original Story: ESPN

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