The UFC featherweight championship will be on the line as Max Holloway takes on Frankie Edgar in UFC 240, taking place July 27 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
ESPN broke the information.
At first glance, it is 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 had a main event for the July card, so Edgar gets the shot , with Volkanovski probably serving as an emergency backup for the bout. Considering that the Holloway vs. Edgar pairing has flopped earlier, Volkanovski would be wise to stay prepared for this season.
Holloway (20-4) recently moved up to lightweight and failed in his bid to turn into a double UFC champion when he lost a decision to Dustin Poirier at 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 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 manager Ali Abdel-Aziz have a good connection, which is probably why he obtained this name shot over the other featherweight contenders. Plus, remember Edgar did the UFC a favor when he awakened on short notice to fight Brian Ortega this past year and dropped. Overall, the former UFC lightweight winner is 8-3 as a featherweight from the Octagon.
Although I’m not convinced Edgar deserves this name shot, this is still an excellent fight, even 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 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 among 2019’s finest KOs to date. 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) has not 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 battling as a welterweight, though given the fact Pettis is also undersized for the branch, this looks like a fair fight.
Although Diaz matches up well stylistically against Pettis, together with the three-year layoff it’s rather hard to pick him to win , and I would peg Pettis since the favored because of his existing momentum.
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