The UFC featherweight championship will be on the line as Max Holloway takes on Frankie Edgar in UFC 240, Occurring July 27 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
ESPN broke the information.
At first glance, it’s a little surprising to see Edgar receive the title shot when Alexander Volkanovski just dominated Jose Aldo in UFC 237 and supposedly earned a title shot . But the UFC had a main event because of its July card, and so Edgar gets 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 wise to stay ready 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 streak at 145lbs. Though his striking defense and size was exposed as a lightweight against Poirier, moving back down to featherweight ought to 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 past April and has not fought since due to injuries. Most of us know that the UFC and Edgar’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz have a good relationship, which is likely why he got this name shot over another featherweight contenders. Plus, remember Edgar did the UFC a favor when he stepped up on short notice to fight Brian Ortega this past year and lost. Overall, the former UFC lightweight winner is 8-3 as a featherweight in the Octagon.
Although I am not convinced Edgar deserves this name taken, this is still an excellent fight, though there’s no doubt Holloway will be a large favorite, as he ought to 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 at 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 opportunity 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 vast 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 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, together with the three-year layoff it is rather difficult to pick him to win , and I would peg Pettis since the favored due to his current momentum.
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