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The UFC lightweight champion competed for the first time on July 10, 2005 when he defeated Eric Uresk via first-round TKO at Underground Combat League’s UCE: Revelations Chapter 2 event held at the Jerome Boxing Club in The Bronx, NY. The show was unsanctioned as MMA was illegal in the State at the time (as it is today), so the fight does not appear on “The Answer’s” official MMA record. Edgar would win his next eight pro bouts until his undefeated streak was brought to a halt by Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon on April 2, 2008. He will have his second opportunity to avenge his only loss Saturday when he squares off with Maynard for the third time at UFC 136.
Uresk’s career has not been as fruitful as Edgar’s. A decorated wrestler from New York, he compiled a less than stellar 5-4 record in nine fights. He moved to Las Vegas in 2009 and after a brief stint with Marc Laimon’s Cobra Kai, he settled in with Xtreme Couture where he still trains today. He is 3-1 under the XC banner, mostly fighting for regional promotions.