The UFC featherweight championship will be on the line as Max Holloway takes on Frankie Edgar at UFC 240, Occurring July 27 in Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
ESPN broke the information.
At first glance, it’s a bit surprising to see Edgar get the title shot when Alexander Volkanovski just dominated Jose Aldo in UFC 237 and supposedly earned a title shot himself. However, the UFC needed a main event because of the July card, so Edgar understands the shot first, with Volkanovski likely serving as an emergency backup for the bout. Contemplating the Holloway vs. Edgar pairing has flopped before, Volkanovski would be smart to remain prepared for this particular season.
Holloway (20-4) recently moved up to lightweight and failed in his bid to become a double UFC champion when he chose to Dustin Poirier in UFC 236. But he remains the UFC featherweight champion, and is now riding a 13-fight win series at 145lbs. Though 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 because he looks 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 because due to injuries. We all know that the UFC and Edgar’s director Ali Abdel-Aziz have a fantastic connection, which is likely why he obtained this name shot over the other 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 lost. Overall, the former UFC lightweight champion is 8-3 as a featherweight from the Octagon.
Although I am not convinced Edgar warrants this title taken, this is still an excellent fight, even though there’s no doubt Holloway will be a big favorite, as 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 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 opportunity as he brutally knocked out Stephen Thompson in one of 2019’s best KOs up to now. Pettis has struggled with his consistency the last few years, but he seemed revitalized against Thompson and perhaps this is the start of something good for him.
Diaz (19-11) has not fought since August 2016, when he lost a majority decision to Conor McGregor in the pair’s rematch. Prior to that, he’d won back-to-back conflicts over McGregor and Michael Johnson. Diaz has historically struggled while battling as a welterweight, though given the fact Pettis is also undersized for the branch, this looks like a fair fight.
Although Diaz matches well stylistically against Pettis, together with the three-year layoff it is rather difficult to select him to win , and I would peg Pettis as the favored due to his current momentum.
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