No more than two months after his latest win, Yves Edwards has already scheduled his next trip to the octagon, and it will come against Strikeforce import Isaac Vallie-Flagg. Edwards looks to be making up for lost time after injuries and opponents dropping out left him with one fight in 2012. He knows his time in the sport is limited, and only sees himself competing for a couple more years, so that may be why he accepted the match at UFC 156.
Edwards last competed at UFC on FOX 5, which took place on December 8th, where he knocked out Jeremy Stephens in less that two minutes, which was big considering Stephens had never been knocked out prior. The same used to be said about Edwards himself until Sam Stout finished him back in 2011. Since rejoining the UFC in 2010, Edwards has went 4-2, finishing three of those four opponents as well. This second chance in the UFC seems to have given Edwards a bit of a career resurgence, after going 4-7 from 2005-2009. He will be facing a tough up and comer in Isaac Vallie-Flagg.
Isaac Vallie-Flagg knows something about tough stretches in careers, because he went a mediocre 3-3 through his first six fights. After that he picked up eight straight wins with six finishes, which earned him an invite to Strikeforce. Both times he competed in the organization, he was a winner by split decision. In his last bout he picked up his biggest win over Gesias Cavalcante. It will be interesting to see where this fight takes place, considering both fighters have a penchant for the stand-up game. While Edwards likes to stand and trade, he may be looking to use his ground game to submit Isaac Vallie-Flagg, since all three of Vallie-Flag’s losses have come by submission.