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 news.
At first glance, it is a bit surprising to see Edgar receive the title shot when Alexander Volkanovski only dominated Jose Aldo in UFC 237 and supposedly earned a title shot himself. But the UFC had a principal event because of its July card, so Edgar gets the shot first, with Volkanovski probably serving as an emergency backup for the bout. Considering the Holloway vs. Edgar pairing has flopped earlier, Volkanovski would be smart to stay prepared for this season.
Holloway (20-4) recently moved up to lightweight and failed in his bid to become a double UFC winner when he chose to Dustin Poirier at UFC 236. But he stays the UFC featherweight champion, and is currently riding a 13-fight win series at 145lbs. Although his striking defense and size was exposed as a lightweight against Poirier, moving back down to featherweight should be a fantastic move for him as he seems to get back into the win column.
Edgar (23-6-1) is coming from a decision win over Cub Swanson past April and hasn’t fought because due to injuries. We all know that the UFC and Edgar’s director Ali Abdel-Aziz have a good relationship, which is likely why he obtained this title shot over the other featherweight contenders. Plus, don’t forget Edgar did the UFC a favor when he awakened on short notice to combat Brian Ortega last year and lost. In general, the former UFC lightweight winner is 8-3 as a featherweight from the Octagon.
Although I am not convinced Edgar warrants this title shot, this is still a quality 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
Within an exciting welterweight bout, Anthony Pettis takes on Nate Diaz at UFC 241, occurring 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 chance as he pumped out Stephen Thompson in among 2019’s best KOs to date. Pettis has struggled with his consistency the last few decades, but he looked revitalized against Thompson and possibly 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 from the pair’s rematch. Prior to that, 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 is very hard to select him to win , and I would peg Pettis since the favored due to his current momentum.
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