Dennis Bermudez will attempt to pull out of a tailspin when he drops to lightweight to face Te Edwards at UFC Brooklyn.
We’re just a few weeks out from UFC Brooklyn, and the card is still adding more talent. Newsday was first to report that the UFC’s debut on ESPN+ has added a former top featherweight moving to 155lbs. That will come when Dennis Bermudez meets the up-and-coming Te Edwards. The bout joins an event topped by a flyweight title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo that sees Dillashaw vying for a second title. Paige VanZant, Greg Hardy, Donald Cerrone, Glover Teixeira, Joseph Benavidez and others also feature on the UFC’s first event of 2019.
The show, the first of the ESPN era, will see the 32-year old Bermudez (16–9) looking to snap a four fight losing streak when he makes the jump to lightweight. Bermudez fought in the weight class prior to his UFC days. However, he cut to featherweight upon entering The Ultimate Fighter 14. The New York state native went to the finale of the show, losing to Diego Brandao at the finale. However, he would outlast the TUF winner, and go on a seven fight win streak from 2012 to 2014. That streak included a win over current 145lb champion Max Holloway.
The last two years have been a struggle for Dennis Bermudez, however. Losing to The Korean Zombie, Darren Elkins, Andre Fili, and Rick Glenn, his back is against the wall as he heads into UFC Brooklyn, a.k.a. UFC Fight Night 143.
Te Edwards (6-2) is coming off the first loss of his career, against Don Madge at UFC Moncton in October. Bermudez will be another big test for the Contender Series and Bellator vet.
UFC Brooklyn takes place January 19 at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY.