This Saturday night, former lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar looks to make history in his 31st professional fight. Edgar will be trying to pick up a win in a third division as he takes on perennial bantamweight contender Pedro “The Young Punisher” Munhoz.
Munhoz, currently ranked No. 5 in the bantamweight division, is a fighter who can never be in a boring fight, even in a loss. Even though Munhoz is coming off a loss, he still is a very exciting fighter and can finish the fight anywhere.
Before his most recent loss, Munhoz was riding a three-fight win streak that saw him in an exciting first round win over former champion Cody Garbrandt where it seemed both men mutually agreed to just throw down until one of them was knocked out. Luckily for Munhoz, he was the one who got the knockout. Munhoz has power in his hands and slick jiu-jitsu that will make his opponents think twice before grappling with him on the ground. A win over Edgar will put him closer to a title shot in the always-exciting bantamweight division.
Edgar, an absolute legend, will be competing in a third division on a quest for another championship. Even at age 38, Edgar is still able to compete with the best of the best. Edgar has always been tough and full of heart, which was on display in his rematch with Gray Maynard in 2011. Edgar was getting dropped multiple times in a round and was able to mount a comeback and make the fight a draw.
Edgar is in a bit of a weird spot in his career, as he has had mixed results in his last seven fights. Edgar was finished for the first time against Brian Ortega in 2018 by knockout, then won a fight and then lost a title fight, and then was finished again this past December by TKO.
Edgar has always been the smaller guy at lightweight, and even though he dropped down to featherweight, he still was considered smaller than those guys. His wrestling has been able to help him take his opponents down and not give his bigger opponents much of a chance with him on the ground. Edgar was lightweight champion from April 2010 to February 2012 and faced some of the best lightweight fighters the UFC had to offer.
A win over Munhoz will answer a lot of questions for where Edgar is at in his career.
There are great fights all around this Saturday, and I’m choosing Edgar to pick up the win by decision. Catch all of the fights this Saturday on ESPN+ and ESPN!
Tidwell’s picking record: 1-2