UFC 252 brought us to the end of an era with the retirement of former heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier. Cormier, who some consider the G.O.A.T., lost to current heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic by decision in their trilogy fight. UFC Fight Night’s main event will feature #5 ranked bantamweight Pedro Munhoz (18-4), and #8 ranked bantamweight and former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar (22-8-1).
Frankie “The Answer” Edgar has had a very successful UFC career, winning and defending UFC’s lightweight championship three times. Edgar, 38, who is 2-3 in his last 5 fights at featherweight, has decided that moving down a weight class may help resurrect a very storied career. One of those losses came against former featherweight champ Max Holloway by decision for the featherweight title.
Frankie Edgar admitted to MMA Fighting during an interview, “I know a lot of people are questioning where I’m at in my career.” Edgar now faces the challenge of a young and stacked bantamweight division with the 1 thru 5 rankings all hungry for their shot.
Pedro Munhoz, 3-2 in his last five fights, has been fantastic despite last year’s loss to Aljamain Sterling, the true #1 contender in the division according to some. Munhoz did put on an epic performance, knocking out former champ Cody Garbrandt, who has recently found himself in the title mix again after a disappointing stretch of losses.
Munhoz v. Edgar on paper seems to be a great matchup. Both fighters are hungry coming off losses, and both haven’t fought since last year. This fight should be a great one, but that all depends on which Frankie Edgar we get. Will we get the Frankie Edgar from the Maynard fights, or will we get the Edgar from the Jung fight? No matter what happens, Uncle Dana has been phenomenal continuing to give us fans these fights.
Frankie Edgar does have the experience in this matchup, but it remains to be seen if the cutting weight will take a toll, or if father time has caught up to Edgar. Don’t be surprised, though, if Edgar gets finished early on in this fight because Munhoz can absolutely mash. On a relatively weaker card, this has the makings of Fight of the Night.