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Aljamain Sterling hints he could also be dealing with Frankie Edgar at UFC Battle Island
When the coronavirus impacted the UFC 251 main event — following Gilbert Burns’ positive test — the card was granted a burst in star power with a late-notice fill-in from Jorge Masvidal. Now, it appears a similar circumstance could be happening to the UFC Fight Island card on July 15 if Aljamain Sterling’s recent tweet is anything to go by.
Reports came in earlier in the day on July 6 that Pedro Munhoz was forced off of the July 15 card on Fight Island after testing positive for coronavirus. Munhoz was scheduled to take on Frankie Edgar in the evening’s co-main event, a fight which would have also been Edgar’s bantamweight debut.
Could Aljamain Sterling be facing Frankie Edgar at UFC Fight Island now?
Originally there appeared to be no replacement for Edgar thanks to the late-notice nature of the dropout and the restrictions and precautions in place to battle the spread of COVID-19. But hours later, Sterling appeared to possibly drop a bombshell on the MMA community with one simple tweet.
Time to pack 🧳 ✈️
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) July 7, 2020
Sterling, who’s currently ranked No. 2 in the UFC’s bantamweight rankings, has won 5 straight and 7 of his final eight. Sterling most just lately fought simply final month at UFC 250, scoring a first-round submission of Cory Sandhagen in just below 90 seconds. It appeared assured Sterling would get the first crack at the winner of the vacant title struggle between Petr Yan and Jose Aldo at UFC 251.
If Edgar really remains to be preventing on the UFC Battle Island card, it’ll mark the 135-pound debut for the former UFC light-weight champion and featherweight title challenger. After falling brief in a featherweight title shot towards Max Holloway at UFC 240, Edgar was alleged to face Sandhagen in his bantamweight debut at UFC Raleigh earlier this yr earlier than stepping in on late discover to face “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung at UFC Busan — a struggle Edgar would lose in about three minutes.
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