“The Answer” will have to wait a few more days for his bantamweight debut. Per a report by Ag. Fight, Frankie Edgar’s 135lb premiere against Pedro Munhoz has been pushed back.
Initially booked for July 12’s UFC 251 on Fight Island next month, the bout will now serve as the co-main event for the July 15 Fight Night card at the same location. That’s something of a promotion, as the fight was further down the card at the PPV event days earlier.
Edgar (23–8–1) was supposed to drop to bantamweight earlier this year. However, in December, he was given the nod to fight on short notice against The Korean Zombie at UFC Busan. He suffered a first round TKO loss in that fight, his second straight loss dating back to a UFC 240 title bid against Max Holloway.
Originally, the plan was for Edgar to step in against Cory Sandhagen in January. Instead, Sandhagen played the waiting game until meeting Aljamain Sterling at UFC 250. Just over a month later, former lightweight champ Edgar will be taking on a rather motivated Pedro Munhoz.
Munhoz (18-4, 1NC) will be looking to bounce back from a loss of his own, to Sterling, last June. Prior to that, he’d won three straight in the UFC’s bantamweight division to move himself into contention. A win over Edgar could put him right back in the mix.
The UFC’s July 15 Fight Island card is set to be headlined by Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige.