Frankie Edgar-Pedro Munhoz Moved To A Later Date Again
The bantamweight debut of Franke Edgar continues to be delayed. This time, however, it will only be by a week.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto confirmed a report by Combate that Edgar’s bout with Pedro Munhoz has been pushed from August 15 to the 22nd. It may end up headlining a show that currently does not have a main event.
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 lost 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.
Edgar is on a two-fight losing streak, managing to earn a shot at Max Holloway for the Featherweight Title, with Holloway winning 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, 1 NC) had to back out of the July 15 bout against Edgar after testing positive for COVID-19. Ranked seventh in the UFC’s bantamweight rankings, Munhoz last fought in June 2019, losing to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 238. The loss ended a three-fight win streak, with the last win coming against former UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt via KO.
UFC on ESPN+ 33 is set to take place inside the UFC’s APEX Center in Las Vegas. Okamoto stated that the UFC was hoping to book Tyron Woodley v. Colby Covington as its main event. As of now, nothing is confirmed.