The beginning of the week in MMA saw the signing of a couple of very intriguing matches in the lower weight classes of the fight community.
Former UFC Lightweight Champion, Frankie Edgar (17-4-1) will continue his trek up the featherweight ranks to face a man who many believed was to be the next in line to Jose Aldo’s 145lb title.
Cub Swanson (21-5-1) will have to wait at least one fight longer until he attempts to claim his destiny against Aldo. Cub has won 6 in a row and most recently defeated long-time UFC lightweight, Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 44 by way of a 5 round decision.
Edgar has won his last 2 fights in the 145 pound class, he defeated young bjj ace, Charles Oliveira at UFC 162 by unanimous decision, then dominated the formally retired BJ Penn to send him back into retirement by way of 3rd round TKO at TUF 19 finale.
Frankie has gone undefeated, (3-0) against Penn.
Urijah Faber (31-7) has gone undefeated, (7-0) in the UFC in non-title bouts.
He will now take his streak to the land of the rising sun in his first ever bout on non-US soil to take on Masanori Kanehara (23-11-5) at UFC Fight Night 52 in Japan.
Kanehara had gone (6-0) since 2011 in various Japanese promotions until a random disqualification in his last bout halted his streak when his opponent, Toshiaki Kitada was thrown from the ring in the first round of their bout at Deep: 66 Impact.
Faber bounced back from his quick title loss to former UFC Bantamweight Champion, Renan Barao at UFC 169 in February to rear naked choke “Bruce Leeroy” Alex Caceres in the 3rd round of their UFC 175 duel.
The most recent duel in MMA was announced late last night when Titan Fighting Championships released the news that quick-fisted Strikeforce and UFC veteran, Kurt Holobaugh (11-2) will take on Lloyd “Cupcake” Woodard (13-4) in a featherweight title eliminator bout at the already stacked Titan FC 29: Riddle vs Saunders.
Kurt has gone 3-0 since his departure from the UFC, including winning his Titan debut by defeating Eric Marriot via unanimous decision at Titan FC 27: Ricci vs Gurgel.
Woodard is a 5 time Bellator veteran and defeated Jerome Jones via 2nd round TKO in his debut bout at KOTC in February.