Edgar vs Holloway : Title fights always matter and are always exciting, but the fight between Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar is especially interesting.the No. 2 ranked featherweight, while Pettis, who made his 145-pound debut in August with a submission win over Charles Oliveira, was the No. 5 ranked featherweight.
In 2013, Max Holloway lost back-to-back featherweight battles against Dennis Bermudez and Conor McGregor. Following those decision setbacks, Holloway rolled off nine straight wins. That run earned the 25-year a shot at the interim featherweight title. Holloway faced ex-lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in that December 2016 matchup.
At the time of the bout, Holloway was the No. 2 ranked featherweight, while Pettis, who made his 145-pound debut in August with a submission win over Charles Oliveira, was the No. 5 ranked featherweight.
Pettis lost his chance to claim the interim title when he weighed in at 148 pounds, three pounds over the featherweight limit. Pettis was a +190 underdog to Holloway, who came into the scrap as a -240 favorite.
Holloway outworked Pettis and scored a TKO win at the 4:50 mark of the third round. The Hawaiian competitor went on to defeat Jose Aldo by TKO at UFC 212 to win the undisputed featherweight title.
Holloway has defended his twice since then. He’s scored TKO wins over Aldo and Brian Ortega. In April, the 145-pound titleholder attempted to become a two-division champion when he met Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight title. Poirier won that matchup via decision. The loss ended Holloway’s winning streak at 13.
On Saturday, Holloway puts his featherweight title on the line against ex-lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. The bout headlines the UFC 240 pay-per-view card, which takes place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The main card streams on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN2 and UFC Fight Pass. Holloway saw an opportunity to become double-champ and took his shot, but a valiant effort did not prove enough to overcome Dustin Poirier. Luckily, Holloway was not risking his Featherweight crown in that attempt, so he can simply return to shedding the additional pounds and defend his throne. Edgar, meanwhile, will go down as a legend in the sport, but the 37-year-old combatant has to be closer to the end of his career than the start. This is very likely his last opportunity to capture the Featherweight crown, which definitely puts even more pressure on “The Answer” to figure out a path to victory opposite the young Hawaiian.Edgar has the most time spent in the Octagon in UFC history, which is a great accomplishment. It also means potential opponents have plenty of film to study, and that the strategies that give Edgar trouble are pretty well established.
This late in his career, Edgar may adapt to those issues, but he cannot change the core of his game entirely.As such, Holloway’s best bet here is to mimic Jose Aldo and allow Edgar to come to him. From the outside, Holloway can probe with his straight punches and low kicks (Edgar doesn’t like those) from a distance that his shorter foe cannot match. When Edgar is forced to come forward, his entries are a bit more predictable and easier to read, which should be all the opportunity an expert kickboxer like Holloway requires to land well.