Frankie Edgar to Make UFC Bantamweight Debut Against Pedro Munhoz
Former champion and probable future MMA Hall of Famer Frankie Edgar will fight contender Pedro Munhoz in the main event of UFC Vegas 7 this weekend.
Updated: Aug. 20, 2020 • 10:15 AM ET
Las Vegas will host this weekend's UFC event.
A bantamweight bout between former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and No. 5 ranked Pedro Munhoz will main event UFC Vegas 7 at the Apex in Las Vegas this Saturday.
Munhoz (18-4, 1 NC) won seven of eight fights immediately prior to his last, a unanimous decision loss to top contender Aljamain Sterling in June 2019. The 33-year-old Brazilian, however, has high-profile victories over former champion Cody Garbrandt, Bryan Caraway and Rob Font, while his losses have come to other top contenders including Sterling (Raphael Assuncao, Jimmie Rivera, John Dodson).
A win over a marquee name like Edgar would put Munhoz right back into title contention, and he’s expecting to get a finish on Saturday.
“My game, my fight style, pretty much everybody knows what I do,” Munhoz told Line Movement MMA earlier this month. “I’m the guy who likes to push the pace, I’m the guy who enjoys the exchanges. ... Also I’m not a guy that goes for takedowns as much, I look for the knockout at the beginning.”
Edgar, ranked No. 8 at featherweight, will make his bantamweight debut on Saturday after a lightweight championship stint and challenging for the featherweight title just two fights ago. However, the future Hall of Famer is coming off two straight losses with his last being a devastating TKO loss to Chan Sung Jung in December.
Edgar is a legend of the sport and is trying to find new life in a new weight class against one of the harder hitting contenders. The Toms River, N.J. native is known for fighting in absolute battles, but at 38 years old, can he extend his career in an even lighter weight class?
Edgar has wins over some of the best fighters in the sport, including Cub Swanson (twice), Yair Rodriguez, Jeremy Stephens, Chad Mendes, Uriah Faber, BJ Penn (thrice), Charles Oliveira, Gray Maynard and Sean Sherk. He has fought in the UFC since 2007 and will only add to his legend status with a successful bantamweight debut.
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Edgar plans on taking it to Munhoz on Saturday.
“I think it could touch all facets of the game,” Edgar said on Just Scrap Radio on BJPENN.com. “I’m going to be in his face. I will push the pace and if the takedown is there, I will utilize it.
“He has good jiu-jitsu and I’m sure if he sees a takedown, he will go for it, too.”
Edgar believes a win over Munhoz would put him directly into bantamweight title contention.
“I’m always in the mix as long as I win fights and beat the right guys based on what I did in my career,” he said. “I’m always in that conversation.”