It looks like fight fans will treated to a key featherweight fight in December.

On Tuesday night, it was revealed former featherweight contenders Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes have verbally agreed to do battle in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December. Brazilian media outlet Lancenet was the first to report the news.

Edgar (19-4-1), a former UFC lightweight champion turned featherweight contender, will enter this bout looking to extend his four fight win streak. In his most recent contest ‘The Answer’ was seen earning a dominant decision win over Mendes’ teammate Uriah Faber in May. This marked his first decision win since since 2012.

Prior to his win over Faber, the New Jersey native scored a late fifth round submission win over Cub Swanson and third round TKO over UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn. He will enter this bout with nine career stoppage wins, including five by way of knockout, and a UFC record of 12-4-1.

Mendes (17-3), a three-time title contender, is coming off a heartbreaking second round TKO loss to Conor McGregor following the pair’s interim title fight at UFC 189 in July. This setback came after filling in for an injured Jose Aldo against Mcgregor on just a few days notice.

Prior to this setback, Mendes was walked away with blistering knockout win over fellow title contender Ricardo Lamas in March. This got ‘Money’ back into the win column after dropping hard-fought decision to Aldo at UFC 179. He will enter this bout with nine career stoppage wins, inclduing seven by way of knockout, and a UFC record of 8-3.

The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale will take place on Dec. 11, one day before UFC 194 in Las Vegas. A venue has yet to be named.


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