UFC returns where it all started for 25th anniversary

UFC returns where it all started for 25th anniversary

UFC® will celebrate its 25th anniversary by returning to where it all began—Denver, Colo. In a thrilling featherweight contenders’ bout, No.3-ranked Frankie Edgar will battle No.10 Chan Sung Jung. Also, No.12-ranked welterweight Donald Cerrone will throw down with Mike Perry in a fight guaranteed to deliver fireworks. UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: EDGAR vs. KOREAN ZOMBIE takes place Sat., November 10 at Pepsi Center and will air live on FS1.

A former lightweight champion and two-time featherweight title challenger, Edgar (21-6-1, fighting out of Toms River, N.J.) has beaten some of the biggest names in MMA. Over the course of his storied career, he’s earned impressive victories over B.J. Penn (three times), Cub Swanson (twice), Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes and Jeremy Stephens. He now aims to steal the show and stake his claim for another title shot against one of the division’s most aggressive and dynamic finishers.

Among the most exciting fighters on the UFC roster, Jung (14-4, fighting out of Seoul, South Korea) is known for his spectacular highlight-reel finishes. The Korean Zombie is the only fighter in UFC history to win by twister submission and holds one of the fastest KO wins at seven seconds. He returned to action last year following mandatory military service with a first-round KO over Dennis Bermudez. Jung hopes to continue his climb up the featherweight ranks and earn the biggest victory of his career.

The co-main event will feature two perennial fan favorites in a bout that could take home Fight of the Night honors.

Former lightweight title challenger and Denver native Cerrone (33-11 1NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) has delivered some of the most thrilling fights inside the Octagon®. Since moving to welterweight in 2016, he’s earned impressive stoppage wins against Yancy Medeiros, Matt Brown, Rick Story and Patrick Cote. He now looks to rebound with a victory in his hometown.

A hard-hitting KO artist, Perry (12-3, fighting out of Orlando, Fla.) immediately turned heads when he joined the UFC in 2016. Known for his aggressive striking, Perry’s netted impressive KO victories over Jake Ellenberger, Danny Roberts, Hyun Gyu Lim and Alex Reyes. On the heels of his first decision win, over Paul Felder in July, he’s poised to add a MMA superstar to his resume.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Recent women’s bantamweight title challenger and No.4-ranked contender Raquel Pennington (9-7, fighting out of Colorado Spring, Colo.) squares off with former women’s featherweight champion and No.5-ranked bantamweight contender Germaine de Randamie (7-3, fighting out of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
  • In a clash of former flyweight title challengers, No.3-ranked contender Joseph Benivedez (25-5, fighting out of Las Cruces, N.M.) locks horns with No.4 Ray Borg (11-3, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series contract winner and Colorado native Maycee Barber (4-0, fighting out of Fort Collins, Colo.) makes her UFC debut against Maia Stevenson (6-5, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.)
  • The Ultimate Fighter 27 winner Mike Trizano (8-0, fighting out of Ramsey, N.J.) faces castmate Luis Pena (5-0, fighting out of Saint Charles, Mo.
  • Ashley Yoder (5-4, fighting out of Temecula, Calif.) takes on Amanda Cooper (4-4, fighting out of Bath, Mich.) in a strawweight bout
  • Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series alum Alonzo Menifield (7-0, fighting out of Dallas, Tex.) debuts against Saparbeg Safarov (8-2, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia)
  • Chas Skelly(17-2, fighting out of Arlington, Tex.) returns against Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series contract earner Bobby Moffett (12-3, fighting out of Homewood, Ill.)

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