The UFC featherweight championship will be on the line as Max Holloway takes on Frankie Edgar at UFC 240, Occurring July 27 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
ESPN broke the news.
At first glance, it’s a bit surprising to see Edgar get the title shot when Alexander Volkanovski only dominated Jose Aldo at UFC 237 and allegedly earned a title shot himself. But the UFC needed a principal event for the July card, so Edgar understands the shot , with Volkanovski probably serving as an emergency backup for the bout. Contemplating that the Holloway vs. Edgar pairing has flopped earlier, Volkanovski will be wise to stay prepared for this particular season.
Holloway (20-4) recently moved up to lightweight and failed in his bid to turn into a double UFC winner when he lost a decision to Dustin Poirier in UFC 236. But he remains the UFC featherweight champion, and is currently riding a 13-fight win series at 145lbs. Though his striking defense and size was exposed as a lightweight against Poirier, moving back down to featherweight should be a good move for him as he seems to get back into the win column.
Edgar (23-6-1) is coming from a decision win over Cub Swanson past April and hasn’t fought since due to accidents. We all know that the UFC and Edgar’s director 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 combat Brian Ortega last year and dropped. Overall, the former UFC lightweight champion is 8-3 as a featherweight from the Octagon.
Although I’m not convinced Edgar warrants this title shot, this remains a quality fight, though there’s no doubt Holloway will be a big favorite, since 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 in Honda Centre at Anaheim, California. The UFC has already 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 one of 2019’s best KOs to date. Pettis has struggled with his consistency the past couple of years, 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 vast majority decision to Conor McGregor from the pair’s rematch. Prior to this, he’d won back conflicts over McGregor and Michael Johnson. Diaz has struggled while battling as a welterweight, though given the fact Pettis can also be undersized for the branch, this looks like a fair fight.
Although Diaz matches up well stylistically against Pettis, with the three-year layoff it’s very hard to pick him to win , and I’d peg Pettis as the favorite due to his existing momentum.
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