UFC 240

UFC 240 Live: Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC 240 on Saturday night in Edmonton, Alberta. The main card is on pay-per-view, beginning at 10 p.m. ET and available exclusively through ESPN+. The prelims are on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 8 p.m., with early prelims on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass beginning at 7.

Holloway (20-4) is coming off a loss but it came at lightweight, in a fight with Dustin Poirier for the interim title in April. Edgar (23-6-1) has not fought since a decision win over Cub Swanson in April 2018.

The stakes are also high for Cris Cyborg in the co-headliner. How will she rebound from just the second loss of her career, a stunning first-round KO at the hands of Amanda Nunes that cost her the featherweight championship? As usual, she’s a heavy favorite, but for the first time in ages there is an aura of vulnerability around the longtime titleholder, especially considering the rapid rise of her opponent, undefeated Felicia Spencer.

In other main card action, Geoff Neal faces Niko Price in what is nearly guaranteed to be a welterweight thriller, Olivier Aubin-Mercier looks to stop a two-fight skid when he meets blue chip lightweight prospect Arman Tsarukyan, and Canadian Marc-Andre Barriault fights veteran Krzysztof Jotko in a middleweight bout.Make no mistake, it’s going to take the best fight of Edgar’s career to pull off the upset here, and even that might not be enough. Take the speed he showed in his battles with B.J. Penn, the in-and-out movement he used to frustrate heavy hitters like Jeremy Stephens and Sean Sherk, the wrestling he used to dominate Yair Rodriguez, and the killer instinct he showed against Chad Mendes and Gray Maynard and still that might not be enough.

There’s no simple solution for Holloway at 145 pounds, given the size and reach advantage he has over most of his opponents and more importantly, the skill with which he employs these physical gifts. Getting past Holloway’s jab will be an absolute nightmare for Edgar, who may concede a round or two figuring Holloway out. Any fighter who thinks they can gut it out during Holloway’s early offense will find themselves quickly tiring and becoming easy pickings for the champion in the later rounds.

Edgar is smarter than that and Holloway has yet to face an opponent with his mixture of technique and resilience (Aldo had the technique, but not the ability to come back once Holloway poured on the pressure in either of their matchups; Ortega had the comeback potential, but couldn’t match Holloway’s volume). There are few fighters who can mix up their wrestling and striking like Edgar and if he can land a few timely takedowns, it will change the whole complexion of the fight.

When he steps into the cage to face Frankie Edgar in the UFC 240 main event, “Blessed” will be just the second UFC fighter to enter a title defense coming off of a loss (the other was fellow Hawaiian B.J. Penn who fought and beat Kenny Florian at UFC 101 seven months after losing a welterweight title fight to Georges St-Pierre). Holloway’s last fight saw him lose a unanimous decision to Dustin Poirier with an interim title on the line this past April, a result that snapped a stretch of 13 straight wins for the champ.

On the other side, Edgar is getting his third shot at winning featherweight gold, a feat that would make him just the eighth fighter to capture titles in two UFC divisions. It’s been seven years since Edgar reigned as UFC lightweight champion and claiming a title that has eluded him so many times in the past could propel him up the all-time pound-for-pound rankings.

A lot of ifs will have to go Edgar’s way, but the timing could be just right for him. Maybe his team saw something in the 25 minutes that Holloway spent in a losing effort against Poirier. Maybe Holloway’s weight cuts are starting to catch up to him. Maybe Edgar has just the right combination of veteran savvy, endurance, and precision boxing to defuse Holloway.

UFC 240 Fight Card

UFC 240 Fight Card: MMA Fighting has UFC 240 results for the Holloway vs. Edgar event from the Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, The former UFC lightweight champion has struggled at times since moving to the featherweight division in 2013, going 8-3 in 11 fights, including a pair of losses to former champion Jose Aldo with the UFC featherweight belt on the line.

In addition to his two losses to Aldo, Edgar suffered a stunning first-round knockout defeat at Ortega’s hands as a -160 bet at UFC 222, dropping him to 3-2 in his past five outings.

Earlier in the evening, Cris Cyborg makes her first octagon appearance since losing her UFC women’s featherweight crown, taking on Felicia Spencer as massive -700 chalk. Cyborg suffered her first defeat since 2005 in spectacular fashion, falling to Amanda Nunes by knockout just 51 seconds into their matchup at UFC 232.

When he steps into the cage to face Frankie Edgar in the UFC 240 main event, “Blessed” will be just the second UFC fighter to enter a title defense coming off of a loss (the other was fellow Hawaiian B.J. Penn who fought and beat Kenny Florian at UFC 101 seven months after losing a welterweight title fight to Georges St-Pierre). Holloway’s last fight saw him lose a unanimous decision to Dustin Poirier with an interim title on the line this past April, a result that snapped a stretch of 13 straight wins for the champ.

On the other side, Edgar is getting his third shot at winning featherweight gold, a feat that would make him just the eighth fighter to capture titles in two UFC divisions. It’s been seven years since Edgar reigned as UFC lightweight champion and claiming a title that has eluded him so many times in the past could propel him up the all-time pound-for-pound rankings.

The stakes are also high for Cris Cyborg in the co-headliner. How will she rebound from just the second loss of her career, a stunning first-round KO at the hands of Amanda Nunes that cost her the featherweight championship? As usual, she’s a heavy favorite, but for the first time in ages there is an aura of vulnerability around the longtime titleholder, especially considering the rapid rise of her opponent, undefeated Felicia Spencer.

In other main card action, Geoff Neal faces Niko Price in what is nearly guaranteed to be a welterweight thriller, Olivier Aubin-Mercier looks to stop a two-fight skid when he meets blue chip lightweight prospect Arman Tsarukyan, and Canadian Marc-Andre Barriault fights veteran Krzysztof Jotko in a middleweight bout.Make no mistake, it’s going to take the best fight of Edgar’s career to pull off the upset here, and even that might not be enough. Take the speed he showed in his battles with B.J. Penn, the in-and-out movement he used to frustrate heavy hitters like Jeremy Stephens and Sean Sherk, the wrestling he used to dominate Yair Rodriguez, and the killer instinct he showed against Chad Mendes and Gray Maynard and still that might not be enough.

UFC 240 Fight

UFC 240 Fight : UFC 240 hits Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday for a featherweight showdown. Dive deep into the entire UFC 240 card with this edition of Fight by Fight.Any fighter who thinks they can gut it out during Holloway’s early offense will find themselves quickly tiring and becoming easy pickings for the champion in the later rounds.

There’s no simple solution for Holloway at 145 pounds, given the size and reach advantage he has over most of his opponents and more importantly, the skill with which he employs these physical gifts. Getting past Holloway’s jab will be an absolute nightmare for Edgar, who may concede a round or two figuring Holloway out. Any fighter who thinks they can gut it out during Holloway’s early offense will find themselves quickly tiring and becoming easy pickings for the champion in the later rounds.

Edgar is smarter than that and Holloway has yet to face an opponent with his mixture of technique and resilience (Aldo had the technique, but not the ability to come back once Holloway poured on the pressure in either of their matchups; Ortega had the comeback potential, but couldn’t match Holloway’s volume). There are few fighters who can mix up their wrestling and striking like Edgar and if he can land a few timely takedowns, it will change the whole complexion of the fight.

A lot of ifs will have to go Edgar’s way, but the timing could be just right for him. Maybe his team saw something in the 25 minutes that Holloway spent in a losing effort against Poirier. Maybe Holloway’s weight cuts are starting to catch up to him. Maybe Edgar has just the right combination of veteran savvy, endurance, and precision boxing to defuse Holloway.

The last time Cyborg lost, she rattled off a 13-year, 21-fight unbeaten streak. While the 34-year-old is unlikely to still be competing when she’s 47, a return to the form that made her one of the most feared fighters in the sport is not out of the question as she looks to rebound from her first-round stoppage loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 by handing Spencer the first loss of her career.

Born in Canada and fighting out of Orlando, Florida, Spencer went 6-0 under the Invicta FC banner, closing out her run with a fourth-round submission win over Pam Sorenson to claim the vacant featherweight title. In her UFC debut, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt quickly submitted the previous titleholder, Megan Anderson, and on Saturday night in Edmonton, she’ll look to continue her run of success by knocking off the only other woman to previously hold the belt.

With Nunes having just successfully defended her bantamweight title earlier this month against Holly Holm, there is a very real possibility that the winner of this one could line up opposite “The Lioness” in December with the featherweight title hanging in the balance.

UFC 240 Full Fight

UFC 240 Full Fight :  Cris Cyborg won the UFC women’s featherweight title in July 2017 with a third-round TKO win over Tonya Evinger. 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.

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.

Holloway vs Edgar

Holloway vs Edgar : UFC is in Edmonton, Alberta this time around. On Saturday, July 27 at 10:00 PM Eastern Time (US), Max Holloway,the organization returns to Rogers Place in Edmonton on Saturday night with UFC 240. It’s headlined by a featherweight title bout between champion Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar. The main card is expected to begin at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Here’s a look at it and the Sports Interaction.

Frankie Edgar is trying to do what Holloway recently couldn’t – win titles in multiple divisions. The 37-year-old Edgar won the lightweight title back in 2010 with a huge upset of BJ Penn. “The Answer” defended the belt three times, once vs. Penn and twice against Gray Maynard. However, then Benson Henderson beat Edgar in back-to-back fights by decision and Edgar moved to featherweight. He was given an immediate title shot vs. Jose Aldo in February 2013 and lost, then another chance vs. Aldo about three years later and lost again. This is first title shot since and probably the last should he lose. It’s actually the third time the UFC has scheduled a Holloway-Edgar bout, but one of them pulled out injured of the first two.Holloway as noted is the featherweight champion but comes off a loss. “Blessed” fought for the interim lightweight title in April against Dustin Poirier and lost by unanimous decision. Holloway is on a 13-fight winning streak as a featherweight (two over Aldo) since losing to Conor McGregor in August 2013. Holloway is five inches taller than Edgar but has just an inch reach advantage.

Spencer was born in Montreal but now fights out of Florida. Cyborg, from Brazil, lost her first professional fight in 2005 but then was unbeaten in the next 21 to become the most feared female fighter on the planet and the UFC women’s featherweight champion. However, she was stunned in a sizable upset by current pound-for-pound queen and two-division champion Amanda Nunes in December by first-round knockout. Depending on who you believe, Cyborg could get a rematch with Nunes with a victory here, but Cyborg also could sign with another organization because her contract is up with the UFC. Recently, UFC president Dana White said it was Cyborg who doesn’t want the rematch, as both Nunes and the promotion want to see that fight happen again. Cyborg could be posturing for a better deal from the UFC.

Edgar vs Holloway

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.