Edgar To Make Bantamweight Debut Against Munhoz
Unless there is a last-minute change, Frankie Edgar’s long-awaited bantamweight debut appears to be set.
According to MMA Fighting, Edgar, the former UFC Lightweight Champion, will face off against bantamweight mainstay Pedro Munhoz. With no set location, the bout is scheduled to take place on July 11.
This will be Edgar’s (23-8-1) third weight class he has entered. Debuting in the UFC as a lightweight, “The Answer” beat B.J. Penn for the UFC Lightweight Title in 2010. He lost the title to Benson Henderson in 2012 and the rematch for the title only a few months later. He moved on to featherweight, losing to division king Jose Aldo at UFC 156 for the UFC Featherweight Title.
— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) May 25, 2020
Edgar is on a two-fight losing streak, managing to earn a shot at Max Holloway for the Featherweight Title once again. The third time this fight was scheduled, Holloway won via unanimous decision. He was meant to make his bantamweight debut in January against Cory Sandhagen, but he ended up replacing Brian Ortega in a featherweight bout against Chan Sung Jung in December. Edgar was no match for “The Korean Zombie”, as he lost via TKO in the first.
Munhoz (18-4, 1NC), ranked seventh in the UFC’s bantamweight rankings, lost his last bout at UFC 238 last June. Aljamain Sterling beat him via unanimous decision, ending a three-fight win streak.
There may be a chance July 11 is UFC 251. The UFC is looking to host events inside the APEX Center in Nevada. This all depends on the ruling by the Nevada Athletic Commission later this week regarding combat sports.