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Former UFC and WEC Champions, Edgar and Faber Receive Next Opponents; Featherweight Title Eliminator Added to TFC 29

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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.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.
  • Richard Kroger

    BJ pen was clearly outmatched and it looked like he tried a new tact with Frankie to perhaps bring something to the table but it clearly didn’t work and looked almost awkward. Bj was obviously fighting a style that wasn’t really suited to him and it showed. Frankie quickly adjusted from the little to no output from BJ and soon dominated the match, it wasn’t the match we were all hoping for but you can’t knock BJ from putting it up on the line again. Respect.