Pedro Munhoz hasn’t fought since his UFC 238 loss to Aljamain Sterling which snapped his three-fight winning streak where he knocked out Cody Garbrandt during the run.
Since the loss in June, Munhoz has been itching for a return and revealed other fighters have been turning him down.
“A week before Christmas I was offered [Cory] Sandhagen for Feb. 8, when Frankie Edgar wasn’t cleared to fight so soon [after his loss],” Munhoz said to MMAFighting. “I accepted the challenge and started training, but was informed eight days later that it wouldn’t happen.
“[The UFC] offered me Cody Stamann the same week, and I immediately took it even though he’s ranked under me. A day later, however, I heard that he turned it down. He declined to fight me, and now he’s fighting [Raoni Barcelos].”
With Munhoz struggling to get fights, he decided to take it into his own hands as he has called out Urijah Faber and Frankie Edgar for his next fight.
“I’m here to make a challenge,” Munhoz said. “I would like to fight these two legends of the sport, Urijah Faber and Frankie Edgar. They are two icons of the sport, legends who have done a lot for MMA around the world, and it would be an honor for me to share the Octagon with one of them.”
Faber is coming off a knockout loss to Petr Yan at UFC 245. Before that, he had stunningly knocked out Ricky Simon in his return to the Octagon. He has said he isn’t sure he will fight again unless the offer is right.
Edgar, meanwhile, was set to move down in weight to bantamweight to fight Cory Sandhagen at UFC Raleigh. But, he took a short-notice scrap against Korean Zombie at UFC Busan and was TKO’d. When he will make his bantamweight debut is unknown at this time.
Both fights make sense for Pedro Munhoz but whether or not he gets those fights is to be seen.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime