The UFC featherweight championship will be on the line as Max Holloway takes on Frankie Edgar in 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 taken when Alexander Volkanovski only dominated Jose Aldo at UFC 237 and supposedly earned a title shot himself. However, the UFC had a main event because of the July card, so Edgar gets the shot , with Volkanovski likely serving as an emergency backup for the bout. Considering that the Holloway vs. Edgar pairing has flopped earlier, Volkanovski will be smart to stay ready for this particular date.
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 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 looks to get back in the win column.
Edgar (23-6-1) is coming off of a decision win over Cub Swanson last April and has not fought since due to accidents. Most of us 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, remember Edgar did the UFC a favor when he stepped up on short notice to combat Brian Ortega last year and dropped. Overall, the former UFC lightweight champion is 8-3 as a featherweight in the Octagon.
Although I am not convinced Edgar deserves this title taken, this remains an excellent fight, though there’s no doubt Holloway will be a big favorite, since 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, occurring August 17 at 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 pumped out Stephen Thompson in among 2019’s finest KOs up to now. Pettis has struggled with his consistency the past few decades, but he looked revitalized against Thompson and perhaps this is the start of something good for him.
Diaz (19-11) hasn’t fought since August 2016, when he lost a majority decision to Conor McGregor in the pair’s rematch. Prior to this, 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 can also be undersized for the branch, 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 would peg Pettis since the favorite due to his existing momentum.
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