Frankie Edgar will fight Cory Sandhagen at UFC Fight Night 187 on Feb 6

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The UFC is finalizing an exciting bantamweight fight for early 2021, as Cory Sandhagen and Frankie Edgar have verbally agreed to meet on Feb. 6

The former UFC lightweight champion is being targeted to fight top contender Cory Sandhagen at UFC Fight Night 187 on Feb. 6. The location for the event has yet to be announced. First reported by ESPN.

Edgar, 39, is a former UFC lightweight champion and has twice competed for the UFC featherweight title. Edgar (24-8-1 MMA, 18-8-1 UFC) made his 135-pound debut in August, defeating Pedro Munhoz via split-decision in the main event of UFC on ESPN 15. The victory snapped a two-fight skid that marked the end of his run at 145 pounds. The 39-year-old last held UFC gold in 2012. He’s remained a contender since, but he’s come up short in four title shots over two weight classes.

Sandhagen vs. Edgar was previously scheduled for a Fight Night event in Raleigh, N.C., this past January. However, Edgar was moved from that matchup to a headlining bout against “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung in Busan, South Korea, in December after Jung’s original opponent Brian Ortega withdrew due to injury. Edgar went on to lose by the first-round TKO to Jung.

Sandhagen (13-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC), is coming off a TKO win over Marlon Moraes in October at UFC Fight Night 179. With the win over the Brazilian, he successfully bounced back from a submission loss to Aljamain Sterling. Sandhagen is 8-1 in his past nine fights. At UFC 250 in June, Sandhagen saw a seven-fight win streak snapped when he was submitted by Aljamain Sterling inside of a round.

Both bantamweights have since rebounded with victories. Edgar made a successful debut at 135 pounds with a split decision win over Pedro Munhoz in August, while Sandhagen scored a spectacular wheel kick TKO of Marlon Moraes in October. This fight an important battle for both the fighters at a dominant win will put them right in the top slot and maybe next on the title slot picture.

A heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov is currently expected to headline the Feb. 6 show.

With this latest addition, here’s the updated line up for UFC Fight Night 187:

  • Frankie Edgar vs. Cory Sandhagen
  • Alistair Overeem vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Macy Chiasson vs. Marion Reneau
  • Molly McCann vs. Lara Procopio
  • Macy Chiasson vs. Marion Reneau
  • Aliaskhab Khizriev vs. Wellington Turman
  • Julio Arce vs. Timur Valiev
  • Seungwoo Choi vs. Steven Peterson
  • Clay Guida vs. Michael Johnson
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Diego Ferreira

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