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 bit surprising to see Edgar receive the title taken when Alexander Volkanovski just dominated Jose Aldo in UFC 237 and allegedly earned a title shot himself. However, the UFC had a principal event because of the July card, so Edgar gets 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 will be smart to remain ready for this season.
Holloway (20-4) recently moved up to lightweight and failed in his bid to become a double UFC winner when he lost a decision to Dustin Poirier at UFC 236. However he stays the UFC featherweight champion, and is currently 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 good move for him because he seems to get back into the win column.
Edgar (23-6-1) is coming from a decision win over Cub Swanson last April and has not fought since due to injuries. Most of us know that the UFC and Edgar’s director Ali Abdel-Aziz have a fantastic relationship, which is likely why he got this title shot over another featherweight contenders. Plus, remember Edgar did the UFC a favor when he awakened on short notice to combat Brian Ortega last year and lost. In general, the former UFC lightweight champion is 8-3 as a featherweight in the Octagon.
Although I am not convinced Edgar warrants this name taken, this remains a quality fight, even 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 at UFC 241, taking place August 17 in Honda Centre at Anaheim, California. The UFC has 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 past few years, but he seemed revitalized against Thompson and possibly this is the beginning of something great for him.
Diaz (19-11) has not fought since August 2016, when he lost a majority decision to Conor McGregor from the pair’s rematch. Prior to that, he had won back fights over McGregor and Michael Johnson. Diaz has historically struggled while fighting as a welterweight, though given the fact Pettis can also be undersized for the branch, this looks like a fair fight.
Although Diaz matches well stylistically against Pettis, with the three-year layoff it is very difficult to pick him to win , and I would peg Pettis since the favored because of his current momentum.
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