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Dennis Bermudez moving to lightweight to fight Te Edwards at UFC on ESPN+

Dennis Bermudez
Dennis Bermudez (pictured) fights Te Edwards in a lightweight bout at UFC on ESPN+ on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Dennis Bermudez is looking to have better luck at 155 pounds.

Hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss, Bermudez is set to make his UFC lightweight debut on Jan. 19 when he fights Te Edwards at UFC on ESPN+ at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, per Newsday.

MMA Fighting confirmed Bermudez’s division change with sources following an initial report by FloCombat.

Since finishing as a finalist on season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter back in December 2011, Bermudez (16-9) has compiled a 9-7 in the UFC’s 145-pound division (including one catchweight bout). He won seven straight fights from May 2012 to July 2014, but has lost six of his last eight fights. His last three outings against Rick Glenn, Andre Fili, and Darren Elkins have all ended in split calls going the other way.

Edwards (6-2) will be hoping for a second chance at a first impression after stumbling out of the gates at UFC Moncton in October. Coming off of a contract-winning performance on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, Edwards was defeated in his UFC debut via second-round TKO by fellow Octagon newcomer Don Madge.

See the updated card for UFC on ESPN+ below (bout order to be determined):

Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw

Paige VanZant vs. Rachael Ostovich

Glover Teixeira vs. Ion Cuțelaba

Donald Cerrone vs. Alexander Hernandez

Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz

Belal Muhammad vs. Geoff Neal

Alonzo Menifield vs. Vinicius Castro

Randy Brown vs. Chance Rencountre

Greg Hardy vs. Allen Crowder

Joanne Calderwood vs. Ariane Lipski

Gregor Gillespie vs. Yancy Medeiros

Dennis Bermudez vs. Te Edwards

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