UFC 240: Holloway vs Edgar Preview
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Edmonton, AB--- The UFC return to Canada with a main event featuring two of the sport’s most popular fighters squaring off for the UFC Featherweight Championship. UFC 240 takes place from the Rogers Arena in Edmonton, Alberta, home of the Edmonton Oilers.
UFC Featherweight Champion Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway will look to rebound from his loss to Dustin Poirier, which was contested at 155lbs for the interim-Lightweight Championship, and Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar is looking to add a championship in a second division to his Hall of Fame resume.
Max Holloway has grown and developed into one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world and has defeated some of the top fighters in the world at 145lbs, which has raised the argument that he is the greatest featherweight fighter of all-time. Holloway became the interim-UFC Featherweight Champion after defeating Anthony Pettis at UFC 206 in Toronto, before defeating Jose Aldo to unify the championships and become the undisputed UFC Featherweight Champion.
Before his loss to Poirier at UFC 236, Holloway had not lost a fight since his August 2013, where he was defeated by former UFC Lightweight and Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor by unanimous decision. Holloway learned from that loss and would then go on a 13-fight winning streak, which included wins over notable fighters like Jose Aldo (twice), Anthony Pettis, Jeremy Stephens, Cub Swanson, Ricardo Lamas, and Brian Ortega.
Frankie Edgar will look to join the list of fighters to win a championship in multiple weight-classes. The 37-year-old has been fighting since 2005 and has gone on to craft a Hall of Fame career for himself with his legendary fights and for what he’s been able to do against much larger opponents during his career. Throughout his career, Edgar has remained one of the best fighters in his weight-class, whether it was while he was competing at lightweight or featherweight.
In 2010, Edgar became the UFC Lightweight Champion when he defeated Hawaii’s most recognized and beloved fighter, B.J. Penn by unanimous decision and will hope history repeats itself as he look to do the same by defeated Holloway, now the biggest name and beloved fighter to fight out of Hawaii, to become the UFC Featherweight Champion. An interesting note about Edgar's Lightweight Championship victory is that Holloway hadn't even had his first MMA fight at that time.
Being viewed as the underdog hasn’t fazed Edgar during his career, in fact, he’s thrived under those circumstances even going back to his fights with Penn and Gray Maynard, he has always stuck to his gameplan and won when it looked like he was being written off and underestimated.
The champion will have to pressure the challenger Edgar early, by throwing a high volume of jabs and strikes, much like he did to Ortega, if he hopes to take control of the fight and retain his championship. Edgar on the other hand, will have to slow down Holloway and not allow the champion to find any rhythm and confidence with his strikes if he wants to capture another UFC championship and join the list of greats to have done so.
Regardless of the outcome, the main event of UFC 240 will surely be one that fans are invested in and one that will get many in the MMA community talking about once its over. There are plenty of options for the winner; Edgar could possibly fight current UFC Bantamweight and Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo and Holloway moving up to 155lbs for a fight with Conor McGregor could be enticing should he chose to do so.
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