Frankie Edgar Currently a -170 Favourite To Beat Mendes in December

Published on September 9th, 2015 1:41 am EST

On December 11th, 2015, The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs Team Faber Finale will be taking place at the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The very next night, Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo will be squaring off in the main event of UFC 194 to unify the Featherweight title.

These dates are significant for a reason - the night before UFC 194, Frankie Edgar will be squaring off against Chad Mendes. This fight will serve as the main event for the aforementioned TUF finale.

The winner of Edgar/Mendes will almost certainly get the next shot at the Featherweight title. Chad Mendes has already fought for the title three times (all losses, two to Jose Aldo, one to Conor McGregor), while Edgar has fought for the title once (a loss to Jose Aldo). There are no other logical contenders in the Featherweight division.

This fight is also an insurance policy for the UFC. If Aldo or McGregor is forced to pull out of UFC 194 due to injury, either Edgar or Mendes (likely Edgar, but you never know) will be slotted into the fight. Both Edgar and Mendes will get the benefit of a full training camp, which means that they would be able to take a title fight on very short notice if the opportunity presented itself.

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Frankie Edgar has opened as the favourite to win this fight - here are the current betting odds:

Frankie Edgar, -170
Chad Mendes, +140

According to these odds, a successful $170 wager on Edgar would yield a total profit of $100, while a successful $100 bet on Mendes would return a profit of $140.

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Both Edgar and Mendes possess tremendous wrestling and strong striking. The difference in this fight, however, is likely to be Frankie Edgar's insane cardio and work rate - Edgar has a tendency to grind his opponents into dust with his constant movement and attacks, and it will be interesting to see if Mendes will be able to withstand Frankie's constant attack.


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