Frankie Edgar’s 135-pound debut against Pedro Munhoz has (another) new date.
After their bout was scratched from UFC on ESPN 13 on July 15 because Munhoz (18-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) tested positive for COVID-19, the fight with Edgar (23-8-1 MMA, 17-8-1 UFC) has been rescheduled for the main event of the UFC’s Aug. 22 fight card, which is expected to take place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The fight was recently announced to be part of UFC 252 on Aug. 15, but with the promotion in need of a headliner for the card after, the fight was pushed back one week.
MMA Junkie verified with people close to the situation that both fighters have agreed to the headlining contest following an initial report from Combate. The people requested anonymity because UFC has yet to make an official announcement.
Edgar, the former UFC lightweight champion who has spent recent years at featherweight, was first scheduled to make his bantamweight debut on Jan. 25 against Cory Sandhagen, Edgar delayed his entry into the weight class when he opted to step in on short notice to face Chan Sung Jung in December. He lost the fight via first-round stoppage for his second straight loss.
Munhoz, meanwhile, saw his three-fight winning streak snapped at the hands of Aljamain Sterling last June at UFC 238. Prior to that, he scored arguably the biggest win of his career when he knocked out former UFC champion Cody Garbrandt in the first round.
With the addition, the latest lineup for UFC’s Aug. 22 card includes:
- Pedro Munhoz vs. Frankie Edgar
- Uriah Hall vs. Yoel Romero
- Shamil Gamzatov vs. Ovince Saint Preux
- Mariya Agapova vs. Shana Dobson
- Mizuki Inoue vs. Amanda Lemos
- Angela Hill vs. Michelle Waterson