Frankie Edgar makes his bantamweight debut against Pedro Munhoz in the main event of UFC Vegas 7 this Saturday (Aug. 22nd).
- Frankie Edgar makes his long-awaited bantamweight debut this Saturday (Aug. 22)
- Can Munhoz become the No. 1 contender with a win?
- See the odds, picks, and betting preview for the full UFC Vegas 7 main card below
The UFC continues to hold events almost every single Saturday and, on August 22, the promotion remains in Las Vegas at the Apex for UFC Vegas 7.
In the main event, Pedro Munhoz welcomes former UFC lightweight champion and longtime featherweight contender Frankie Edgar to the bantamweight division. The co-main event sees Ovince St. Preux battle knockout artist Alonzo Menifield at light heavyweight.
UFC Vegas 7 main card airs live on ESPN at 8:30 pm ET. The table below shows odds for the main card at two different sportsbooks, followed by best bets for the event.
UFC Vegas 7 Odds
|Fighter||FanDuel Odds||DraftKings Odds|
|Ovince St. Preux||+102||+105|
Odds as of August 17.
Will Edgar Find Success at a New Weight Class?
Frankie Edgar will be competing in his third weight class inside the Octagon on Saturday night when he battles Pedro Munhoz at bantamweight. The former UFC lightweight champion was undersized at both 155 and 145 pounds. Many believe he should have been a bantamweight his entire career. Against Munhoz he will have a reach advantage, something he has rarely had in his career.
Munhoz & Edgar Recent Fights
|Aljamain Sterling, loss by decision||Fight 1||Korean Zombie, loss by KO|
|Cody Garbrandt, win by KO||Fight 2||Max Holloway, loss by decision|
|Bryan Caraway, win by TKO||Fight 3||Cub Swanson, win by decision|
|Brett Johns, win by decision||Fight 4||Brian Ortega, loss by KO|
Edgar is always a dangerous opponent for anyone and, although he is just 1-3 in his last four, he was fighting the elite of the featherweight division. The big question entering this one is how will the weight cut impact his cardio and his chin.
It will be interesting to see how Edgar fights, finally having a reach advantage. He has a clear path to victory using his jab and wrestling to keep control of the fight and not let Munhoz land big shots. On the ground, Munhoz does have some solid jiu-jitsu, but it is hard to submit Edgar.
Right now, the odds do not reflect how competitive this fight will likely be. But Munhoz should eventually land a big shot on Edgar and score a third or fourth-round TKO to spoil the future Hall of Famer’s bantamweight debut.
Pick: Pedro Munhoz (-225)
Munhoz vs Edgar Stats
Does St. Preux vs Menifield Winner Become Ranked at 205?
After a one-fight stint at heavyweight, Ovince St. Preux is back down to light heavyweight to take on Alonzo Menifield. It is a very intriguing matchup between two men looking to get back into the win column and, possibly, earn a number beside their name.
St. Preux was originally supposed to fight Shamil Gamzatov, yet Gamzatov withdrew and Menifield stepped up on just a week-and-a-half notice.
St. Preux & Menifield Recent Fights
|Ben Rothwell, loss by decision||Fight 1||Devin Clark, loss by decision|
|Michal Oleksiejczuk, win by submission||Fight 2||Paul Craig, win by KO|
|Nikita Krylov, loss by submission||Fight 3||Vinicius Moreira, win by KO|
|Dominick Reyes, loss by decision||Fight 4||Dashawn Boatright, win by KO|
This fight really comes down to whether or not Alonzo Menifield can land a knockout punch in the first round. Last time out, after Menifield couldn’t put Clark away in the first, he gassed out and Clark used his wrestling to win the last two rounds. St. Preux has solid jiu-jitsu and, if he can survive the first round, there is a good chance he can submit Menifield or grind out a decision.
There is no question OSP has slowed down and it is very possible he gets tagged. But, St. Preux has not been knocked out since he lost to Jimi Manuwa in 2016. Ultimately, St. Preux should survive the early onslaught. He will eventually get Menifield down and either sink in a choke or control the fight to earn a clear-cut decision.
Pick: Ovince St. Preux (+105)
Other UFC Vegas 7 Picks:
- Mike Rodriguez (-240): The loser of this fight is most likely to be cut. Rodriguez is the better striker and should be able to piece up Prachnio to get the job done.
- Mariya Agapova (-910): Agapova should easily win this fight and likely do it in the first round. Yet, at these odds, there is no way you can bet it.
- Daniel Rodriguez (-174): This is a very close fight but I just think Rodriguez is the more powerful striker and will either get a knockout or hurt Sato and get a submission as he did to Tim Means.
Cole graduated from Sheridan College in April of 2019 with a diploma in journalism. He now is a full-time freelance writer, focusing on MMA for sites like BJPENN and MMA News, while also covering the Toronto Blue Jays as a credentialed media member. At SBD, Cole covers the four major sports and MMA.