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 bit surprising to see Edgar get the title taken when Alexander Volkanovski only dominated Jose Aldo in UFC 237 and supposedly earned a title shot himself. But the UFC needed a principal event for its July card, and so Edgar understands the shot , with Volkanovski likely serving as an emergency backup for the bout. Contemplating that the Holloway vs. Edgar pairing has flopped earlier, Volkanovski would be wise to stay prepared for this date.
Holloway (20-4) recently moved up to lightweight and failed in his bid to turn into a double UFC winner when he chose to Dustin Poirier in UFC 236. However he stays 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 ought to be a fantastic move for him because he seems to get back in the win column.
Edgar (23-6-1) is coming off of a decision win over Cub Swanson past April and hasn’t fought since due to accidents. Most of us know 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, remember Edgar did the UFC a favor when he stepped up on short notice to fight Brian Ortega this past year and dropped. In general, the former UFC lightweight champion is 8-3 as a featherweight in 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, since 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 in Honda Centre in Anaheim, California. The UFC has 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 one of 2019’s finest KOs up to now. Pettis has struggled with his consistency the last couple of years, but he looked revitalized against Thompson and perhaps this is the beginning of something good 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 fights over McGregor and Michael Johnson. Diaz has struggled while battling as a welterweight, though given the fact Pettis can also be undersized for the division, this looks like a fair fight.
Although Diaz matches up well stylistically against Pettis, with the three-year layoff it is very difficult to select him to win , and I’d peg Pettis since the favored due to his existing momentum.
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