The UFC is targeting a bantamweight showdown between Frankie Edgar and Ecuadorian Marlon “Chito” Vera at UFC 268 on Nov. 6, sources told ESPN.
No contracts have been signed, but both parties verbally agreed to the confrontation. The PPV event is expected to take place at Madison Square Garden.
A former lightweight champion, Edgar (24-9) is coming off a first-round knockout loss to Cory Sandhagen in February. A longtime lightweight and featherweight, Edgar has now competed in the UFC’s 135-pound division twice going 1-1, including a five-round decision victory over Pedro Munhoz in August.
Edgar, 39, fights from Toms River, NJ. This will be his first fight in New York since 2016, and only the third overall of his historic career.
Vera (19-7-1) is gathering momentum, following a decision win over Davey Grant in June. The Ecuadorian bantamweight is 2-1 in his last three bouts, including wins over Grant and Sean O’Malley. His loss in that stretch was to former featherweight champion José Aldo. He is 7-2 over his last nine fights.
A welterweight title fight between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington is scheduled to headline the UFC 268 event.