UFC books Frankie Edgar – Cory Sandhagen

Frankie Edgar

The UFC is currently finalizing a big-time fight at bantamweight that could be a title eliminator. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani was first to report that the promotion is finalizing a bout between Frankie Edgar (24-8-1) and Cory Sandhagen (13-2).

The fight is going to take place on February 6th. Frankie Edgar is competing in his third weight class inside the UFC. The former lightweight champion of the world made his bantamweight debut back in August when he took on Pedro Munhoz.

The fight was razor close, but Edgar was able to pickup the split decision victory. That win snapped a two-fight losing streak for the former UFC lightweight champion. In all honesty, Edgar finally appears to be competing in his natural weight class.

Cory Sandhagen bounced back in a major way when he fought in October on Fight Island. Over the summer at UFC 250, Sandhagen was dominated and finished in the first 90 seconds by Aljamain Sterling.

It was a very poor performance, but Sandhagen got his shot at redemption in October when he took on Marlon Moraes. That night, Sandhagen looked rejuvenated and he was able to finish Moraes in the second round of their fight.

Sandhagen has always been looked at as a future UFC champion. He’s great on the ground and his striking has really evolved. He will be getting the biggest fight in terms of name recognition on February 6th.

State of the UFC’s Bantamweight Division

Currently the UFC is looking to book the title fight between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling for the first quarter of 2021. Originally, they were supposed to fight at UFC 256, however, Yan had to pull out of the fight.

Given the new timeframe, it lines up perfectly with the Edgar – Sandhagen fight. The UFC‘s plan could be to have the winners of these two fights face off in the summer. While not confirmed, the Edgar – Sandhagen fight is likely going to be a title eliminator.

Another interesting wrinkle in the division is the return of TJ Dillashaw. Dillashaw says he wants to return in March which could line him up for a title shot as well. My guess is whoever looks the best between the winner of this fight and Dillashaw will get the next UFC title shot.

UFC books Beneil Dariush – Diego Ferreira 2

The UFC has booked another entertaining fight for their fight card on Super Bowl weekend. First reported by ESPN, lightweights Beneil Dariush (19-4-1) and Diego Ferreira (17-2) will go head-to-head.

This fight is actually a rematch from 2014. Their first fight took place back at UFC 179 and Dariush was able to pickup the unanimous decision victory. That was the first career loss for Diego Ferreira.

After that loss to Dariush, Ferreira would also lose his next fight which came against former UFC interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier. However, since that Poirier fight, nobody has defeated Ferreira inside the octagon.

The Brazilian lightweight has strung together six consecutive wins including wins including one over Anthony Pettis. This six-fight winning streak has found Ferreira ranked ninth in the lightweight division.

This is a big fight for Ferreira as he can avenge his first career loss and continue his march up the division’s rankings. Both men will be seeking an opponent near the UFC‘s top five if they are able to win on Super Bowl weekend.

UFC lightweight battle

Dariush will bring his own UFC winning streak to the octagon on February 6th. He has been able to win five straight fights, but the most impressive thing is that he will carry a four fight finishing streak into the cage.

Dariush did miss weight in his last fight against Scott Holtzman, but he made up for it in the eyes of the promotion. He had a brilliant spinning backfist knockout near the end of the first round back in August.

Dariush hit a little speedbump in his career a few years ago when he went 0-2-1 in three fights against some good competition. However, he’s really turned it around and he’s looked better than ever over the last couple of years.

As mentioned, this rematch is a big fight for the UFC‘s lightweight division. Whoever wins will be in a really good position in arguably the most exciting and dynamic division in the sport.

UFC booking Clay Guida – Michael Johnson

The UFC is close to finalizing an entertaining lightweight scrap for Super Bowl weekend. Clay Guida (35-20) posted on his official Facebook page today that he will be taking on Michael Johnson (19-16) on February 6th.

This is one of those matchups that doesn’t mean anything when it comes to UFC rankings. However, this fight should be pretty entertaining as both fighters are known for their entertaining fights.

Guida will go into the UFC‘s Fight Night on February 6th on a two fight losing streak. At 38 years old, Guida is probably nearing the end of the line in his UFC career. However, he’s shown recently that there’s still some fight left in the tank.

The Carpenter has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for his fight with Diego Sanchez years ago that people still talk about. Guida has had a very solid and successful run in the UFC that dates back to 2006.

UFC do or die match

Michael Johnson will enter the UFC octagon on February 6th on a three fight losing streak. Johnson is an interesting case because he’s shown such promise at times, and other times he’s been completely outclassed.

During his UFC career, Johnson has had high points like defeating Edson Barboza and knocking out Dustin Poirier. However, he’s also had low points like right now being on a three fight losing streak.

This is the fourth multiple fight losing streak that Johnson has had in the UFC. If he cannot pickup the victory on Super Bowl weekend, I’m not sure if he’ll remain on the roster much longer.

White has talked about recently how much the UFC has grown. We’ve seen a ton of fighters added through the Contender Series and the Ultimate Fighter is returning next year which should bring in more talent.

With that in mind, the promotion is always looking at trimming the fat. Whoever loses on February 6th might be looking at the end. I think Johnson is the most vulnerable, but both can’t feel comfortable. The desperation should lead to a fantastic matchup.