After multiple set dates and cancelations, former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar will drop yet another weight class. The Clarion University product is set to make his bantamweight debut, taking his 23-8-1 record to go up against Pedro Munhoz, with an 18-4-0, 1 NC record.
In a matchup where Edgar’s superior wrestling goes against Munhoz’s high level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, this could be a fight that many grappling pundits would like to see go to the ground — or maybe not.
Depending on what one’s personal preference is, many would favor Brazilian Jiu Jitsu over wrestling. This is sure to make this a main event worth watching this Saturday night on Aug 22 on ESPN and ESPN+.
Of all 23 victories Edgar claims, twelve go by decision, while seven are by submission and 4 by knockout. Six of his eight losses go by decision, while being knocked out twice. Yet to be submitted, he faces a big test in a deadly American Top Team descendant. Munhoz has 8 submission victories and 5 knockouts while all of his losses went by decision.
Edgar has faced two consecutive losses to Max Holloway in July, and Chan Sung Jung on December at the second half of 2019. Munhoz went 1-1 in the first half of that year while winning against Cody Garbrandt in March and dropping a decision to Aljamain Sterling in June. Both look to return to the win column in a war where another loss for either can mean a review from the WME powers that be.
For Edgar to push back Father Time at age 38, he’ll have to push the pace farther than ever in an attempt to finish the fight against the Sao Paulo native. Will Frankie have an “Answer” to Munhoz in his 135-pound premiere or will the “Young Punisher” answer his own dilemma against the future Hall of Famer?
UFC Fight Night on ESPN 15 begins at 5:30 pm with their preliminary card before the main card begins at 8:30 pm.