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Frankie Edgar set to face Chris Gutierrez in retirement fight at UFC 281

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Frankie Edgar finally has an answer for when his last MMA fight will go down.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto confirmed today (Thurs., Oct. 6, 2022) that the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion will collide with Chris Gutierrez in a Bantamweight affair at UFC 281 in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12, 2022. For “The Answer,” it will be his final walk to the Octagon.

“Frankie Edgar in the Garden one last time,” Okamoto tweeted. “Edgar will face Chris Gutierrez at UFC 281 on Nov. 12. He confirmed to me it will be his last fight, ‘unless someone gets lippy in Seaside next summer.’ It will be his 30th UFC bout.”

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CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLE-DIP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to “The Fight Mecca,” Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., on Sat., Nov. 12, 2022, featuring two highly-anticipated championship showdowns. In UFC 281’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event, Middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, will look to settle the score with former kickboxing foe and No. 5-seeded contender, Alex Pereira. In the ESPN+-streamed PPV co-main event, women’s Strawweight champion, Carla Esparza, intends to defend her newly-won title for the first time against former champion and No. 2-ranked contender, Zhang Weili.

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Edgar, 40, has been a fan favorite ever since joining the promotion Feb. 2007. The trilogy with rival, Gray Maynard, stands the test of time as some of the best battles in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. Edgar won his first world title in upset fashion, defeating B.J. Penn via unanimous decision at UFC 112 in April 2010.

The surging prospect, Gutierrez, has a massive opportunity ahead of him to score a win over a legend. Boston’s “El Guapo” is unbeaten in his last seven outings and most recently landed a highlight reel spinning back fist knockout in his last fight versus Danaa Batgerel in March 2022 (watch highlights)

Edgar versus Gutierrez bumps UFC 281 to 14 total fights, which will presumably round out the night of action in New York City.

Check out the latest UFC 281 fight card as it currently stands below:

  • 185 lbs.: (C)Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira
  • 115 lbs.: (C)Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili
  • 155 lbs.: Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler
  • 155 lbs.: Brad Riddell vs. Renato Moicano
  • 155 lbs.: Dan Hooker vs. Claudio Puelles
  • 155 lbs.: Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar
  • 125 lbs.: Molly McCann vs. Erin Blanchfield
  • 115 lbs.: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Silvana Gómez Juárez
  • 205 lbs.: Dominick Reyes vs. Ryan Spann
  • 145 lbs.: Michael Trizano vs. Choi Seung-woo
  • 185 lbs.: Andre Petroski vs. Wellington Turman
  • 205 lbs.: Carlos Ulberg vs. Nicolae Negumereanu
  • 135 lbs.: Julio Arce vs. Montel Jackson
  • 135 lbs.: Frankie Edgar vs. Chris Gutierrez


Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 58%
    Frankie Edgar
    (125 votes)
  • 41%
    Chris Gutierrez
    (90 votes)
215 votes total Vote Now

Remember that will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 281 fight card right here, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard (on ESPNEWS/ESPN+) at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.

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