The UFC featherweight championship will be on the line as Max Holloway takes on Frankie Edgar at UFC 240, taking place July 27 in Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
ESPN broke the news.
At first glance, it’s a little surprising to see Edgar get the title taken when Alexander Volkanovski only dominated Jose Aldo at UFC 237 and allegedly earned a title shot himself. But the UFC had a main event for the July card, and so Edgar understands the shot first, with Volkanovski probably serving as an emergency backup for the bout. Contemplating that the Holloway vs. Edgar pairing has flopped before, Volkanovski would be wise to remain prepared for this date.
Holloway (20-4) recently moved up to lightweight and failed in his bid to turn into a double UFC champion when he chose to Dustin Poirier in UFC 236. But he stays the UFC featherweight champion, and is now riding a 13-fight win streak at 145lbs. Although his striking defense and size was exposed as a lightweight against Poirier, moving back down to featherweight should be a fantastic move for him as he looks to get back into the win column.
Edgar (23-6-1) is coming from a decision win over Cub Swanson past April and has not fought because due to accidents. We all know the UFC and Edgar’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz have a fantastic connection, 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 fight Brian Ortega this past year and lost. Overall, the former UFC lightweight winner is 8-3 as a featherweight from the Octagon.
Although I’m not convinced Edgar deserves this name shot, this is still an excellent fight, though there’s no doubt Holloway will be a big favorite, as he should be.
Anthony Pettis vs. Nate Diaz, UFC 241
Within an exciting 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 that this tact.
Pettis (22-8) recently moved up to welterweight and made the most of the chance as he brutally knocked out Stephen Thompson in among 2019’s finest KOs to date. Pettis has struggled with his consistency the last few decades, but he seemed revitalized against Thompson and possibly this is the start of something good for him.
Diaz (19-11) hasn’t fought since August 2016, when he lost a vast majority decision to Conor McGregor from the pair’s rematch. Prior to this, he had won back-to-back fights over McGregor and Michael Johnson. Diaz has struggled while fighting as a welterweight, though given the fact Pettis can also be undersized for the division, this looks like a fair fight.
Though Diaz matches up well stylistically against Pettis, with the three-year layoff it is very hard to select him to win here, and I’d peg Pettis as the favored because of his existing momentum.
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