Ohio-based welterweight Justin Edwards (7-2, 1-2 UFC) is set to make his return to the UFC, as he is likely to take on Josh Neer (31-11-1, 6-7 UFC) as part of the UFC on FX 5 card, which is slated to take place on October 5 in Minneapolis. Sources close to the fight confirmed the likelihood of the matchup with GatewayMMA.com.
Known as “Fast Eddy,” Edwards appeared as an alternate on “The Ultimate Fighter 13,” and he lost a split decision to Clay Harvison in the show’s finale. He then returned at UFC Fight Night 25, where he took out Jorge Lopez via unanimous decision before dropping a decision to John Maguire at UFC 138 in England.
Based out of Bellefontaine, Edwards trains with Scott Sheeley’s Iron Tiger Fight Team as well as Team Jorge Gurgel in Cincinnati.
Edwards was originally slated to make his return at UFC 143 against Mike Stumpf, but he was injured and forced to withdraw from that bout. Out of competition since last November, it will have been 11 months in between UFC appearances for Edwards when he steps in against Neer.
Neer is a veteran fighter with more than 40 fights, and the welterweight has competed in nearly every notable organization. Most recently, he suffered a knockout loss to Mike Pyle at UFC on FX 3 in June, which snapped a six fight winning streak that he had been on, including two UFC wins.
UFC on FX 5 will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between Travis Browne and Antonio Silva, and the main card airs on FX while the preliminary card will be shown on Fuel TV.