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Report: Edgar books retirement fight vs. Gutierrez at UFC 281

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Former UFC champion Frankie Edgar has agreed to face Chris Gutierrez in a bantamweight bout at UFC 281 on Nov. 12, sources told ESPN's Brett Okamoto.

The fight at Madison Square Garden is expected to be the last of Edgar's decorated career, he told Okamoto.

The 40-year-old said in July he wanted to fight once more before hanging up his gloves. He expressed interest in facing former bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz.

Edgar has competed in three weight classes since his UFC debut in 2007 and held the lightweight title from 2010-12. The future UFC Hall of Famer dropped to featherweight after losing the belt and was a contender in that division before moving to bantamweight.

The native of New Jersey has won just one of his last five fights dating back to 2019, most recently suffering consecutive knockout losses to Cory Sandhagen and Marlon Vera.

Gutierrez, 31, hasn't lost in his last seven fights. He's defeated his last three opponents, including Danaa Batgerel via TKO in March.

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