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A pair of bantamweight bouts have been confirmed for the UFC 252 main card, as Sean O’Malley will face Marlon Vera, while Frankie Edgar will meet Pedro Munhoz on Aug. 15.
The Las Vegas-based promotion announced the pairings during the UFC 251 broadcast on Saturday night. UFC 252 is expected to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and is headlined by a heavyweight championship trilogy fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier.
O’Malley, who was originally supposed to face Vera at UFC 239 before a failed drug test, has been victorious in his first 12 professional outings. Most recently, “Sugar” Sean scored a first-round knockout of Eddie Wineland at UFC 250 on June 6.
Vera, meanwhile, had a five-bout UFC winning streak snapped in a unanimous decision loss to Yadong Song at UFC on ESPN 8 on May 16. “Chito” is 9-5 during his promotional tenure and 15-6-1 as a professional overall.
Edgar was slated to make his 135-pound debut against Munhoz at “Fight Island” on July 15 before his opponent tested positive for COVID-19. The former lightweight king last appeared at UFC Fight Night 165, where he suffered a first-round TKO loss to Chan Sung Jung in a featherweight main event.
Munhoz saw a three-bout winning streak come to an end at UFC 238, where he dropped a unanimous verdict against Aljamain Sterling. “The Young Punisher” has won seven of his last nine UFC bouts.