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 information.
At first glance, it’s a little surprising to see Edgar get the title shot when Alexander Volkanovski just dominated Jose Aldo in UFC 237 and allegedly earned a title shot himself. However, the UFC needed 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. Considering the Holloway vs. Edgar pairing has flopped earlier, Volkanovski would be wise to stay ready for this season.
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 at UFC 236. However he remains the UFC featherweight champion, and is currently riding a 13-fight win series at 145lbs. Although his striking defense and dimension was depicted as a lightweight against Poirier, moving back down to featherweight should be a good move for him because he looks to get back in the win column.
Edgar (23-6-1) is coming from a decision win over Cub Swanson last April and hasn’t fought because due to injuries. Most of us know the UFC and Edgar’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz have a good relationship, which is probably 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 last year and dropped. In general, the former UFC lightweight winner is 8-3 as a featherweight from the Octagon.
Although I am not convinced Edgar warrants this name taken, this remains an excellent fight, even though there’s no doubt Holloway will be a large favorite, since he ought to be.
Anthony Pettis vs. Nate Diaz, UFC 241
Within 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 confirmed this bout.
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 best KOs up to now. Pettis has struggled with his consistency the last couple of decades, but he looked revitalized against Thompson and possibly this is the start of something great for him.
Diaz (19-11) hasn’t fought since August 2016, when he lost a majority decision to Conor McGregor in the pair’s rematch. Prior to this, he’d won back-to-back fights over McGregor and Michael Johnson. Diaz has historically struggled while battling as a welterweight, though given the fact Pettis is also undersized for the division, this looks like a fair fight.
Though Diaz matches up well stylistically against Pettis, with the three-year layoff it’s rather difficult to pick him to win , and I would peg Pettis as the favored because of his current momentum.
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