Frankie Edgar will test to set himself one particular phase closer to one more UFC title shot when he meets bantamweight contender Cory Sandhagen at UFC Vegas 18 on Feb. 6 in Las Vegas. The 135-pound matchup will provide as the co-headliner and help propel the winner to the best of the division.
Edgar, 39, designed a big splash in his bantamweight debut very last August when he defeated Pedro Munhoz in just one of the very best principal gatherings of 2020. Edgar looked sharp, solid, and just as unsafe as he was when he held the UFC light-weight championship 10 a long time back. It was absolutely a little sample dimension, but Edgar doesn’t will need a great deal time inside of of the Octagon to impress.
With a new division at his fingertips and his momentum eventually seeking up, Edgar is excited to get again in action and confirm he’s the most effective fighter at 135 kilos. He’ll have his possibility to do just that subsequent weekend against Sandhagen, who is coming off a spectacular knockout complete more than Marlon Moraes back again in October (see it Right here).
“To me, this really could be a No. 1 contender battle,” said Edgar through a latest episode of “Real Fast with Mike Swick” podcast. “He’s No. 2, I’m suitable at the rear of him. Aljo (Sterling) and Petr Yan just got booked, I believe March 6, so it’s a great time. We struggle the thirty day period ahead of these men see what comes about with them and then with any luck , the winner of ours gets the winner of that.”
Edgar, who will not be headlining a UFC celebration for the to start with time in just about three decades, is hoping to put together his initially acquire streak given that 2016-2017. That is the longest drought of his experienced career and 1 of the major motives why Edgar dropped down to bantamweight in the 1st position.
Thankfully, Edgar’s transfer down to 135 kilos looks to be the best choice at this point in his occupation. He’s lastly battling level of competition his sizing and has currently proved he’s a legit contender just after just one battle. “The Answer” will now have the chance to close Sandhagen’s quest for a title at UFC Vegas 18 and lock down his possess bid for UFC gold in the approach.
“The ’35-pound division is definitely sizzling ideal now,” Edgar said. “I’ve got to go in there and make a statement. I’ve obtained go in there and end Cory if I want to get that title shot, and that is what I’ve been working on this entire camp: Heading in there, pressuring him, and seriously earning him wilt in there and displaying some working experience. I have far more experience than any person in this match for the most portion not way too many older fighters than me in the UFC proper now, so I have obtained to use that to my very best ability and make this take place.”
UFC Vegas 18 will get location on Feb. 6 reside on ESPN+ from within UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. A heavyweight clash between Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov is anticipated to serve as the primary celebration.
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