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 allegedly earned a title shot . But the UFC needed a principal event because of the July card, so Edgar gets the shot , with Volkanovski probably serving as an emergency backup for the bout. Considering the Holloway vs. Edgar pairing has flopped earlier, 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 become a double UFC winner when he lost a decision to Dustin Poirier in UFC 236. But he stays 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 ought to be a good move for him because he looks to get back in the win column.
Edgar (23-6-1) is coming from a decision win over Cub Swanson past April and hasn’t fought since due to accidents. We all know that the UFC and Edgar’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz have a good connection, which is likely why he obtained this title shot over another featherweight contenders. Plus, remember Edgar did the UFC a favor when he stepped up on short notice to combat Brian Ortega this past year and dropped. In general, 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, even though there’s no doubt Holloway will be a big favorite, since he should be.
Anthony Pettis vs. Nate Diaz, UFC 241
In an exciting welterweight bout, Anthony Pettis takes on Nate Diaz in UFC 241, taking place August 17 in Honda Centre at Anaheim, California. The UFC has already 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 one of 2019’s finest KOs up to now. Pettis has struggled with his consistency the last couple of decades, but he seemed revitalized against Thompson and possibly this is the beginning of something good for him.
Diaz (19-11) hasn’t fought since August 2016, when he lost a vast majority decision to Conor McGregor from the pair’s rematch. Prior to that, he had won back-to-back fights over McGregor and Michael Johnson. Diaz has 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’s rather hard to select him to win here, and I would peg Pettis since the favorite due to his existing momentum.
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