Frankie Edgar received’t need to journey far for his subsequent battle.
Edgar (24-9-1 MMA, 18-9-1 UFC), a former light-weight champion, has been booked for a bantamweight bout towards Marlon Vera (19-7-1 MMA, 11-6 UFC) at UFC 268. An individual with information of the reserving confirmed the matchup to MMA Junkie following an preliminary report from UFC broadcast accomplice ESPN.
While not but formally introduced, UFC 268 is anticipated to happen Nov. 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The principal card will air on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
New Jersey native and resident Edgar moved to bantamweight in 2020 and picked up a “Fight of the Night” cut up resolution over Pedro Munhoz. But his subsequent day out went south rapidly. In February, Cory Sandhagen hit Edgar with a flying knee that put him out chilly simply 28 seconds into their battle.
That loss gave Edgar three setbacks in his previous 4 bouts, together with a featherweight title problem loss to former champ Max Holloway in July 2019. After he misplaced the light-weight title in 2012, Edgar has dropped 4 different title fights, together with three at featherweight.
After a five-fight profitable streak, Vera has been up and down and alternated wins and losses for 5 fights. After a May 2020 loss to Song Yadong, he rebounded with a large upset of Sean O’Malley at UFC 252 a little bit greater than a yr in the past. But this previous December, he misplaced a call to Jose Aldo. He bounced again with a call over Davey Grant in June, although, and might be in search of his first profitable streak since 2019.
With the addition, the UFC 268 lineup now consists of:
- Champ Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington – for welterweight title
- Michael Chandler vs. Justin Gaethje
- Luke Rockhold vs. Sean Strickland
- Nassourdine Imavov vs. Edmen Shahbazyan
- Frankie Edgar vs. Marlon Vera