Rafael dos Anjos vs. Leon Edwards to headline UFC on ESPN 4 in San Antonio

Former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will face standout Leon Edwards at UFC on ESPN 4.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole, dos Anjos (28-11 MMA, 17-9 UFC) and Edwards (33-13 MMA, 10-6 UFC) will headline the July 20 event at AT&T Center in San Antonio. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the news to MMA Junkie.

The booking comes in the nick of time, with just over one month until the ESPN-televised event. The promotion reportedly considered moving a UFC 239 matchup between Luke Rockhold and Jan Blachowicz. According to Iole, a modeling job for Rockhold with Ralph Lauren nixed the possibility of pushing back the matchup.

MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin indicated Thursday morning that money may have solved that scheduling conflict. But with dos Anjos vs. Edwards booked, it appears the UFC is moving in a different direction altogether.

Dos Anjos recently snapped a two-fight losing skid in May with a fourth-round submission of Kevin Lee at UFC on ESPN+ 10. Prior to that, a pair of high-profile setbacks included an interim title loss to Colby Covington and follow-up defeat against current champ Kamaru Usman.

Edwards, meanwhile, is on a hot streak with seven straight wins, most recently a split call over Gunnar Nelson at UFC on ESPN+ 5. A post-fight melee with Jorge Masvidal prompted speculation that the two could finally settle a longstanding grudge. Masvidal, however, signed on to face Ben Askren at UFC 239.

With the addition, the latest UFC on ESPN 4 lineup includes:

  • Rafael dos Anjos vs. Leon Edwards
  • Liz Carmouche vs. Roxanne Modafferi
  • Walt Harris vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Irene Aldana vs. Raquel Pennington
  • Alex Caceres vs. Steven Peterson
  • Klidson Abreu vs. Sam Alvey
  • Felipe Colares vs. Domingo Pilarte
  • Mario Bautista vs. Jin Soo Son
  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Ben Rothwell
  • Juan Adams vs. Greg Hardy
  • Dan Hooker vs. James Vick
  • Ray Borg vs. Gabriel Silva

For more on the UFC on ESPN 4, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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