The UFC featherweight championship will be on the line as Max Holloway takes on Frankie Edgar at UFC 240, taking place July 27 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
ESPN broke the information.
At first glance, it is a little surprising to see Edgar get the title shot when Alexander Volkanovski just dominated Jose Aldo in UFC 237 and supposedly earned a title shot . But the UFC needed 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 earlier, Volkanovski will be wise to remain ready 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. But he stays the UFC featherweight champion, and is currently riding a 13-fight win series at 145lbs. Though his striking defense and dimension was depicted as a lightweight against Poirier, moving back down to featherweight ought to be a fantastic 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 past April and has not fought because due to injuries. Most of us know that the UFC and Edgar’s director Ali Abdel-Aziz have a fantastic relationship, which is probably why he obtained this name shot over another featherweight contenders. Plus, don’t forget 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 from the Octagon.
Although I am not convinced Edgar warrants this title taken, 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 in UFC 241, taking place August 17 at Honda Centre in 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 among 2019’s best KOs up to now. Pettis has struggled with his consistency the past couple of years, but he seemed revitalized against Thompson and possibly this is the beginning 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 this, he’d won back-to-back conflicts 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.
Though Diaz matches up well stylistically against Pettis, with the three-year layoff it’s rather hard to select him to win , and I would peg Pettis as the favored due to his existing momentum.
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