Frankie Edgar steps in to fight Korean Zombie

Must Read

Spurs and Chelsea set to battle it out for star striker

Chelsea and Spurs are set to battle it out for the signature of AC Milan forward Krzysztof...

Why Newcastle fans should exercise caution with latest takeover rumours

As I'm sure you're no doubt aware, Newcastle United are reportedly set to be taken over by...

Super Bowl 54 preview: the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers in Miami

The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs will travel to Miami for Super Bowl 54...
Adam Nisbet
Living on the emotional rollercoaster that comes with being a Newcastle United fan, Adam also keeps a keen eye on the NBA, UFC and Formula One.

In the early hours of this morning the UFC announced that former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar would be stepping in to fight Chan Sung Jung on December 21st, after Brian Ortega tore his ACL and had to pull out of the fight.

It will be interesting to see what shape Edgar is in coming into the fight, he already had a fight scheduled for mid January, so he would have likely been in camp for at least a month already, meaning he won’t be coming into the fight completely unprepared. The more interesting aspect of that fact, is Edgar was planning to drop down to bantamweight for his fight against Cory Sandhagen – who hasn’t taken this news overly well, he said the following to Ariel Helwani:

“It’s not cool of Frankie to do something like that, I don’t know if money got involved or what, but I thought this guy wanted to have another run at a belt and to call himself the best in the world. I thought that’s the kind of fighter Frankie was. It’s what he said he wanted.”

“It’s sad that his values got mixed somewhere and now he’s taking a fight that isn’t going to get him within arm’s reach of a title, like the fight against me would,” he said. “The UFC is trying to do their jobs and save a huge card, which I get, but they’re also losing a shot at an opportunity to turn a young, new face into a star and the Raleigh fans are going to be pretty bummed too.”

The fight announcement has so far, surprisingly, received a mix reaction from MMA fans. With both men historically being fan favourites, it was expected that most would be excited for this fight – while Frankie may be coming into the fight on the back of a loss, it was a decision loss to featherweight champion Max Holloway. He is by no means ‘washed up’, these two guys should still put on one hell of a show.

The Korean Zombie is 2-2 in his last four, however a win against Edgar could vault him up into title contention, potentially setting up a number one contenders bout with rising star Zabit Magomedsharipov.

Related Articles