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 little surprising to see Edgar get the title taken when Alexander Volkanovski only dominated Jose Aldo at UFC 237 and supposedly earned a title shot himself. However, the UFC needed a principal event for its July card, so Edgar gets the shot , with Volkanovski likely serving as an emergency backup for the bout. Contemplating the Holloway vs. Edgar pairing has flopped earlier, 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 champion when he lost a decision to Dustin Poirier at UFC 236. But he stays the UFC featherweight champion, and is now riding a 13-fight win streak at 145lbs. Though his striking defense and dimension was exposed as a lightweight against Poirier, moving back down to featherweight ought to be a fantastic move for him as he seems to get back in the win column.
Edgar (23-6-1) is coming off of a decision win over Cub Swanson last April and hasn’t fought because due to accidents. We all know that the UFC and Edgar’s director Ali Abdel-Aziz have a fantastic connection, which is likely why he got 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 winner is 8-3 as a featherweight from the Octagon.
Although I’m not convinced Edgar warrants this title shot, this is still an excellent fight, though there’s no doubt Holloway will be a big favorite, as he ought to 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 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 pumped out Stephen Thompson in one of 2019’s best KOs up to now. Pettis has struggled with his consistency the past few decades, but he seemed revitalized against Thompson and perhaps this is the start of something great for him.
Diaz (19-11) has not fought since August 2016, when he lost a vast majority decision to Conor McGregor in the pair’s rematch. Prior to this, he had won back-to-back conflicts 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 well stylistically against Pettis, with the three-year layoff it’s very hard to select him to win , and I’d peg Pettis as the favorite due to his current momentum.
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