Edgar and Munhoz UFC Vegas Preview
Former Lightweight Champion, Frankie Edgar looks to move down in weight and make his bantamweight debut this Saturday. Welcoming the former champ is the aggressive blackbelt Pedro Munhoz. Currently rated at #4 in the UFC, Munhoz will attempt to hold his place in the busy queue of contenders. While both fighters are coming off losses, they are in completely different positions career-wise. For example, the Long Island native, Edgar has taken a lot of damage in his recent bouts. Most notably in his unsuccessful title bid against former champion, Max Holloway. Edgar also sustained damage in the losses to Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung. Unlike Edgar, the Brazillian Munhoz’s durability is not in question. Supported by the fact that he has never been finished, even a veteran like Edgar has his hands full. Taking place at the UFC Vegas Apex, we will preview what is on the line and more importantly, what each Edgar and Munhoz stand to gain from victory this weekend.
Which Fighter has More to Lose?
Considering Edgar is approaching the twilight of his career, the pressure for Munhoz to win this fight is huge. A win for Edgar in his bantamweight debut would fast track him into the top five of the division. Even though UFC has been willing to hand out title shots more frequently, a win for Edgar still would put him around the top five. In contrast, the 33-year old Munhoz can earn a title shot with a devastating win. Similar to how Ortega parleyed his TKO win over Edgar for a title shot in 2018. Dangerous on the ground, Munhoz has put his blackbelt to work with eight submission finishes on his record. With that in mind, both fighters will look to keep this fight standing. Edgar is known as a boxer-brawler who rarely gets taken down. Also, Edgar has never been submitted, which further supports the idea that this fight will look like a kickboxing match. If Munhoz refuses to bite on Edgar’s takedown feints, fans will be in store for a high paced striking affair. At UFC Vegas 7 fans will bear witness to a new contender after Munhoz and Edgar clash this Saturday night!