- Frankie Edgar has opened as a big +305 betting underdog against Cory Sandhagen.
- Edgar and Sandhagen are booked to fight on February 6, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 187.
- This will mark Edgar’s second fight in the bantamweight division.
Frankie Edgar has opened as a sizeable betting underdog against Cory Sandhagen in their bantamweight showdown scheduled for February 6th.
According to online sportsbook BetOnline, the future Hall of Famer is a +305 betting underdog against Sandhagen, who is currently pegged as the -370 odds on favorite. This marks the widest line in Edgar’s illustrious career and the fifth straight bout where he has opened as the underdog.
Finishing his Career at Bantamweight
No problems for Frankie Edgar as the former lightweight champ makes the cut for his bantamweight debut. pic.twitter.com/3Vxt47HlHL
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) August 21, 2020
Edgar won the UFC lightweight championship by defeating the legendary B.J. Penn at UFC 112 in 2010. The Answer made three successful title defenses before losing the title to Benson Henderson at UFC 244 two years later. Edgar would be unsuccessful against Henderson again in their rematch and he moved down to featherweight where he got an immediate title shot against Jose Aldo. Edgar lost to Aldo at UFC 156 but he rebuilt his career with five straight wins.
A second loss to Aldo at UFC 200 for the interim featherweight champion was Edgar’s last best chance at becoming a two-division champion. He challenged Max Holloway for the same belt at UFC 240 last year but once again came up empty. Another loss at 145-pounds to the Korean Zombie in December 2019 forced Edgar to move down further to bantamweight. He outpointed Munhoz as a +230 betting underdog to win his bantamweight debut.
The 39-year old from Toms River in New Jersey is one of the greatest fighters to step inside the octagon. There is no question that Edgar’s career is nearing its end and after making a living by fighting bigger men at lightweight and featherweight, Edgar looked solid at 135-pounds again Munhoz. But is his move too late to win another world title?
Knocking on the Title Shot Door
Cory Sandhagen wouldn’t turn down a title shot, but he thinks Aljamain Sterling deserves one first. #UFCFightIsland5
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— MMA On Point (@OnPointMMA) October 11, 2020
Cory Sandhagen is the no. 2 ranked bantamweight in the UFC. The Sandman is coming off a sensational spinning wheel kick knockout of former title contender Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Island 5. One fight before that however, Sandhagen suffered a first round submission loss to no. 1 ranked contender Aljamain Sterling at UFC 250. That loss enabled Sterling to get the next crack at champion Petr Yan, a title shot that Sandhagen doesn’t dispute.
The 28-year old from Aurora, Colorado is a former Sparta Combat League featherweight champion. Since joining the UFC in 2018, he has racked up an Octagon record of 6-1 with four victories via stoppage. Sandhagen has an overall record of 13-2 with five knockouts and three wins via submission. If he gets past the 4th ranked Edgar, there will be little doubt that he will fight the winner of Yan vs Sterling.
This is not the first time that these two fighters have been pitted against each other. Sandhagen and Edgar were originally scheduled to meet in bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night 166 last January 25, 2020. But Edgar was pulled out from that bout and rebooked to fight the Korean Zombie in a featherweight scrap that headlined UFC on ESPN+23 in South Korea.
UFC Fight Night 187
Who’s your money on? ? #UFChttps://t.co/NOy2zStYj3
— bjpenndotcom (@bjpenndotcom) December 31, 2020
UFC Fight Night 187 will be headlined by former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem who has opened as a +140 betting underdog against former Bellator heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov who is listed as the -160 betting favorite in the event’s main attraction. The Feb 6th event still doesn’t have a venue but its fight card has been shaping up in recent weeks.
Aside from the bantamweight clash between Edgar and Sandhagen, a flyweight bout between Alexander Pantoja and former Rizin FF bantamweight champion Manel Kape will take place here. Pantoja is currently favored at -130 against Kape’s +110. Veteran Clay Guida is also +205 underdog in a lightweight match against Michael Johnson (-240) while Beneil Dariush and Carlos Diego Ferrera are both listed as -110 in their own lightweight scrap.
UFC Fight Night 187 is expected to be the UFC’s fifth event for 2021 after the three shows at Fight Island in January and UFC Fight Night 186 which is scheduled for January 30th. It will be the first event for February and will be followed by UFC 258 on February 13th.