The UFC featherweight championship will be on the line as Max Holloway takes on Frankie Edgar in UFC 240, taking place July 27 in Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
ESPN broke the information.
At first glance, it is a little surprising to see Edgar receive the title taken when Alexander Volkanovski only dominated Jose Aldo in UFC 237 and allegedly earned a title shot . However, the UFC had a main event for the July card, and so Edgar understands the shot , with Volkanovski likely serving as an emergency backup for the bout. Contemplating that the Holloway vs. Edgar pairing has flopped before, Volkanovski will be wise to stay ready for this particular date.
Holloway (20-4) recently moved up to lightweight and failed in his bid to become a double UFC winner when he chose to Dustin Poirier in UFC 236. But he stays the UFC featherweight champion, and is currently riding a 13-fight win streak at 145lbs. Although his striking defense and size was depicted as a lightweight against Poirier, moving back down to featherweight ought to be a good move for him as he seems to get back in the win column.
Edgar (23-6-1) is coming off of a decision win over Cub Swanson last April and has not fought since due to injuries. Most of us know the UFC and Edgar’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz have a good relationship, which is likely why he obtained this name shot over another featherweight contenders. Plus, don’t forget Edgar did the UFC a favor when he awakened on short notice to combat Brian Ortega this past year and lost. Overall, the former UFC lightweight winner is 8-3 as a featherweight in the Octagon.
Although I’m not convinced Edgar deserves this name taken, this is still a quality fight, though there’s no doubt Holloway will be a large favorite, as he should be.
Anthony Pettis vs. Nate Diaz, UFC 241
In an intriguing welterweight bout, Anthony Pettis takes on Nate Diaz in UFC 241, taking place August 17 at Honda Centre in Anaheim, California. The UFC has already confirmed this bout.
Pettis (22-8) recently moved up to welterweight and made the most of the opportunity as he pumped out Stephen Thompson in one of 2019’s finest KOs to date. Pettis has struggled with his consistency the last few years, but he seemed revitalized against Thompson and perhaps this is the beginning of something great for him.
Diaz (19-11) hasn’t fought since August 2016, when he lost a vast majority decision to Conor McGregor in the pair’s rematch. Prior to this, he’d won back conflicts over McGregor and Michael Johnson. Diaz has historically struggled while fighting as a welterweight, though given the fact Pettis is also undersized for the division, this looks like a fair fight.
Though Diaz matches well stylistically against Pettis, with the three-year layoff it is very hard to pick him to win , and I would peg Pettis since the favorite due to his current momentum.
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