After 13 fight win streak in the featherweight division, The pride of Hawaii Max Holloway went up to lightweight division to fight Dustin Poirier for the Interim Lightweight Championship. But after the loss to Dustin in a hard-fought battle, Max Holloway looks to defend his featherweight crown against the former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. This championship bout has a lot on the stake considering the two-division champion Henry Cejudo has already called out Frankie Edgar and would be aiming for the third belt in UFC if Edgar manages to win on 27th July on UFC 240 PPV.
At this moment there is no denying the fact that Max Holloway is the best featherweight to ever enter into the UFC octagon. He has two knockout victories against the former champion Jose Aldo and wins against all the top contenders in featherweight division such as Jeremy Stephens, former champion Anthony Pettis, and once called the future of Featherweight division Brian Ortega to solidify his place as the king of his division. But he has never faced Frankie Edgar before. These two fighters were scheduled to fight twice in the past but unfortunate injuries prevented this much-anticipated clash.
Now coming to the challenger for the 145 division gold many UFC fans were expecting Alexander Volkanovski to fight for the belt after his emphatic victories against Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes. But with a resume as coveted as Frankie’s, it’s hard to deny the former lightweight champion a title shot.
Both Frankie and Max are well rounded mixed martial artists, who like to control the pace in fights. Frankie Edgar is a phenomenal wrestler with solid striking and footwork. He can knock his opponents standing or can take them down and use his vicious ground and pound to damage his opponents. The fact that Frankie completely outclassed BJ Penn when BJ was on a path of destruction goes to show how good Frankie is in each aspect of the fight game.
On the other hand, Max is a superior striker with phenomenal footwork, he switches stances effortlessly and puts a relentless yet calculated pressure on his opponent which is overwhelming. He also has a solid takedown defense which can nullify Frankie’s wrestling and apart from that Max has a nasty submission game, something Frankie needs to be careful about while shooting for takedowns. One thing about Max that stands out from the rest of the opponents is his cardio. It’s a foregone conclusion that Max is going to be there for the five rounds to trade punches with you and Frankie is as tough as they come. So on UFC 240, we will find out whether Frankie Edgar has an answer for the Featherweight King Max Holloway.
Meanwhile, in the co-main event of UFC 240, the most feared woman in MMA and the former featherweight champion Cris Cyborg takes on the Canadian undefeated fighter Felicia Spencer. After losing her featherweight title and the crown of “the baddest woman on the planet” to Amanda Nunes , Cris Cyborg will definitely try to make a statement in her next fight against Spencer, who will be looking forward to solidify her place in UFC with a victory against the Former Champion and a true pioneer of the sport Cris Cyborg.
Coming to the fight, there is always a huge power difference between Cyborg and her opponents. In addition to that Cyborg is a well-rounded martial artist who can finish the fight anywhere. So the margin of error is always small when you are in the octagon with her. On the other hand, undoubtedly the underdog in the fight Felicia spencer is an expert when it comes to grappling and scrambling and a win against Cyborg will catapult her to the title picture. One thing for sure, with both fighters looking for the finish, it’s going to be a dog fight.
With UFC returning to Canada for UFC 240, It’s going to be fireworks when Felicia spencer takes the fight to the unstoppable Cris Cyborg and when the former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar challenges the Featherweight king Max Holloway.
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