Shortly after celebrating 14 years since his first UFC fight in February this year, Frankie Edgar (24-9-1, 18-9-1 UFC) suffered his worst defeat. He was knocked out hard by Cory Sandhagen, so many started thinking about whether “Answer” should choose the answer this time that he needs to end a great career.
He decided it was still not the time for that. He returned to the gym, continued to train, and now a new fight followed. Frankie decided to perform at the UFC 268 event, which will be held on November 6 in New York City. In the neighborhood of his native New Jersey, Edgar will fight Marlon Vera.
Just two weeks earlier, Frankie will be celebrating her 40th birthday. Ecuador’s best MMA fighter, 28-year-old Marlon Vera (17-7-1, 11-6 UFC), will be looking for a big scalp after he managed to defeat Davey Grant in June and thus avenge his earlier UFC defeat.
In the previous fight, Frankie was stopped by Jose Aldo and then failed to achieve his first victory over the former UFC champion. He got a new opportunity very quickly, with a rather different style of fighting that the opponent offers.
Vera is first and foremost a great fighter on her feet, an aggressive man who always goes for the finals, and now he will have to show how he copes with an elite wrestler, a fighter of otherwise great condition who likes to dictate the pace.
It is clear to everyone that Edgar is no longer what he used to be. The former lightweight champion and double featherweight challenger decided to go to bantam last year, hoping to find another string of victories that will take him to the top and with the belief that he can become the first fighter to attack the UFC title in three different categories.
With the current competition in the bantam, especially after the hard defeat by Sandhagen, this can hardly be expected. What he can do is make his fans happy with his performances and the character of a real warrior.
And further, improve his summary of time spent in the Octagon. That number is 7 hours and 40 minutes, which is 32 minutes more than Rafael Dos Anjos in second place. This fight goes to a really big program, which by all accounts should take place in Madison Square Garden Hall.
For now, it looks like the main fight of the same will be a clash for the UFC welterweight title between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington. What can change those plans, at the same time, is to arrange a heavyweight clash between Francis Ngannou and Cyril Gane for the same event.
In that case, they would certainly take over the head of the program for which Michael Chandler's fights against Justin Gaethje is being prepared. Luke Rockhold against Sean Strickland and many others are still being prepared.