UFC Fight Night on Saturday night is looking to be an exciting evening for UFC matches at the Apex Facility in Las Vegas. The main card will feature former champion Frankie Edgar and up-and-coming contender Pedro Munhoz. It will be Edgar’s first fight as a bantamweight. It will be exciting to see how he fares in this division. Make sure to visit our sportsbook to place your bets on the main cards, which will be broadcast on ESPN+, and more.
UFC Fight Night | Frankie Edgar (22-8-1) vs Pedro Munhoz (18-4-1)
Betting Line: Edgar (+200); Munhoz (-260)
Brazilian-born Pedro Munhoz (18-4-1) looks to improve his chances for a title fight when he faces Edgar (22-8-1). The 33-year-old mixed martial artist Munhhoz is currently ranked No. 5 in the bantamweight division.
A professional fighter since 2009, Munhoz moved to the USA from Brazil in 2011 where he went undefeated in the Resurrection Fighting Alliance. He was eventually crowned champion in
2013 and signed with UFC shortly after in February 2014.
Munhoz is a balanced fighter, with eight victories from submission, five from the decision, and five from KO/TKO. He will come into this fight with a three-inch reach advantage. Both fighters are the same height. He’ll look to use his wide variety of skills both in jiu-jitsu and kickboxing to take down Edgar.
Another victory could put Munhoz in a good spot for a shot at a title. It’s easily one of his most important fights since joining UFC, so assume he is going to show up ready.
Edgar, a former UFC lightweight champion, is a veteran and has fought in a variety of weight divisions. Edgar made his UFC debut way back during UFC 67. which took place in February 2007.
In 2010, Edgar faced Lightweight Champion BJ Penn at UFC 112, which took place on April 10, 2010. He won via unanimous decision, earning his first title and thrusting him toward UFC greatness.
In August 2012, he made the decision to move to the featherweight division. On May 16, 2015, he faced WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber. Edgar once again emerged a champion, defeating Faber via unanimous decision and earning his second title in two different divisions.
After a number of years fighting in the featherweight division, he made the move to the bantamweight division this year. At almost 39 years of age, it will be interesting to see how he fares against Munhoz. It’s the third time he has dropped weight categories and remains to be seen if this will play to his advantage or if it was a last, desperate attempt for an aging fighter.
Typically as fighters age, they naturally hold on to more weight as opposed to losing it, so there are some lingering doubts as to whether he will be at full strength.
His team is reported to be feeling confident in his prospects considering his size, coupled with his experience. Despite a huge variance in the betting lines for this fight tilting in Munhoz’s favor, it could be an interesting bet on Edgar who has far more experience fighting top-level fighters.
UFC Fight Night | Ovince Saint Preux (24-14-0) vs Alonso Menifield (9-1-0)
Betting Line: Saint Preux (+105); Munhoz (-135)
Sharing the main card will be Saint Preux against Menifield in the light heavyweight division. The lines are almost identical and we’ll likely be in for a close fight, possibly ending by decision.
Saint Preux, also known as OSP, is a veteran of UFC with almost 40 fights. He’s 6-foot-3 and has an 80-inch reach, which puts him at a slight advantage as far as stature over his opponent. Menifield is 6-foot and has a 76-inch reach.
OSP has been a fixture in the UFC universe for nearly seven years. An extremely talented and powerful fighter known for using unconventional techniques at times like the Von-Flue choke, Saint Preux is a force. He’s had some consistency issues and his record reflects that.
He tends to go hot and cold. Out of his last 10 UFC fights he has gone 5-5. It’s his mental game that seems to defeat him more than his physical capabilities.
OSP was an exceptional wrestler in high school and has been studying martial arts since he graduated. Saint Preux’s boxing is solid and he is known for a punishing left high kick. His size advantage and experience will definitely come into play Saturday night.
Menifield comes from an athletic background. He played in the Arena Football League. Despite his lack of experience compared to OSP (nearly a quarter less fights), he has only lost once boasting a 90% winning percentage.
His background as a professional athlete gives him a great deal of athleticism and mental strength that not all UFC fighters share.
He has yet to win by decision -– he has 8 KOs and one submission. His only loss came at the hands of Devin Clark at UFC 250.
Menifield has a Muy Thai background, fighting with high hands and wide kicks. He’s known for coming out swinging, so expect a lot of action in Round 1.
He’ll have to pace himself against OSP, who will expect Menifield to charge like a rampaging bull. Saint Preux will likely try to tire Menifield out in the first two rounds and let him swing away.
With the betting lines set so close together, there’s not really a clear favorite. Despite coming in at +105, expect to see OSP pose a great challenge to the younger Menifield.
Keep checking our MMA news page for the latest updates as we get close to another exciting night of UFC.