UFC: Cody Stamann – Jimmie Rivera added to July 15th card

The UFC is adding a big-time matchup on very short notice to their second Fight Island card. MMA Junkie is reporting that UFC bantamweight contenders, Cody Stamann (19-2-1) and Jimmie Rivera (22-4) will be clashing on Fight Island.

It was reported last night that the UFC had lost it’s co-main event of their July 15th card as Pedro Munhoz tested positive for COVID-19. The UFC started exploring options for Frankie Edgar with the Munhoz fight being scrapped. One of the fighters that spoke up about taking the fight against Edgar on short notice was Cody Stamann.

UFC’s July 15th card added a good one

Once Stamann volunteered to fight Edgar, the wheels started spinning for the UFC. There became increasing interest in getting Stamann on the card. The Edgar fight didn’t materialize, but the UFC had another opponent for Stamann.

Jimmie Rivera hasn’t fought in over a year, but he’s still considered one of the better bantamweights in the world. Yes, he’s 1-3 in his last four fights, but those three losses came against the top three bantamweights in the UFC rankings. There is no doubting that Rivera is one of the best in the world at 135 pounds.

From a rankings perspective, this fight is perfect for the UFC. Stamann is currently ranked 10th while Rivera is ranked 9th. Stamann is coming off of a very emotional win last month after losing his little brother tragically. He never looked better in that fight, and he’s looking to capitalize on the momentum. With both men being bigger bantamweights, they have agreed to fight at 145 pounds due to the short notice.

UFC: Pedro Munhoz out of Frankie Edgar fight after positive COVID-19 test

Pedro Munhoz, UFC

COVID-19 has taken down another UFC fight. UFC bantamweight contender, Pedro Munhoz (18-4, 1 NC), has been removed from his fight with Frankie Edgar (23-8-1) on July 15th after testing positive for COVID-19. Munhoz becomes the second fighter since Friday to have a fight scrapped due to COVID-19 after Gilbert Burns lost his title shot to the disease.

Next Steps for the UFC

At first, the plan was to scrap Edgar from the UFC‘s July 15th card and look to re-book his bantamweight debut. However, there have been a couple of bantamweights who are on Fight Island who have thrown their names into the ring as potential replacements for Munhoz.

The UFC is in a very fortunate spot to have two guys, who are fringe top-15 bantamweights, ready to step in for Munhoz. Marlon Vera (15-6-1) is coming off of a razor close decision loss to Yadong Song while Ricky Simon (16-3) is coming off of a win against Ray Borg back at UFC Fight Night 171.

Either man would make for a quality replacement for Munhoz. The fact is, Edgar needs a good test in his first fight at 135 pounds. Very and Simon would both give Edgar a really good fight in his bantamweight debut. Edgar has been putting in the work to get the pounds down, and he just signed a new deal ahead of the July 15th fight. I’m not sure who the UFC will go with, but I think we should get a resolution on this in the next day or so.

 

UFC: Frankie Edgar signs new deal ahead of bantamweight debut on Fight Island

Former UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar (23-8-1) will be fighting on a new contract when he fights on Fight Island this month. Per ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Edgar has resigned with the UFC prior to his fight against Pedro Munhoz (18-4) on July 15th

One more UFC title run?

The former lightweight champion will be making his bantamweight debut on July 15th. Just over ten years ago, Edgar shocked the world when he beat BJ Penn for the UFC‘s lightweight championship. Edgar went on a title run before losing the strap to Benson Henderson in 2012. Since then, UFC gold has evaded Edgar.

Following a second loss to Henderson, Edgar dropped down to featherweight. Edgar immediately got a title shot against Jose Aldo. “The Answer” lost that fight, but would get back to a title fight two more times during his featherweight run. Edgar would go 0-3 in his three UFC title fights at featherweight.

Edgar has always been small for the weight classes that he’s been in. With the move to bantamweight, Edgar might finally be in his true weight class. Edgar is hoping to become one of the few men in UFC history to hold a belt in multiple weight classes. His journey starts on July 15th.

Big Challenges Ahead

Frankie Edgar is not opposed to tough fights. He’s spent his entire UFC career fighting the best of the best. He’s jumping right into the deep end on July 15th with his matchup against Munhoz. Munhoz is coming off of a loss to Aljamain Sterling, but prior to that, he knocked out former champion, Cody Garbrandt. Munhoz has solid overall skills and will provide a big test for Edgar. If Edgar is able to pick up the win, I would expect him to shoot up those bantamweight rankings quickly.