The fight between UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway (20-4) and title contender Frankie Edgar (23-6-1) looks like it might finally be happening. The title match is expected to headline UFC 240 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta on July 27, 2019.
This match has been scheduled twice before but had to be cancelled on both occasions. The first time the bout was scheduled to take place was at UFC 218 on December 2, 2017. Edgar had to withdraw from the match due to an eye injury. Holloway would instead face Jose Aldo and defeated him via TKO at 4:51 in the third round, retaining the featherweight title.
The next time Dana White and the UFC match makers paired these two up was at UFC 222 on March 3, 2018. This time it was Holloway who had to withdraw from the match due to injury. Edgar would go on to lose to Brian Ortega by way of first round knockout in the co-main event of the evening.
Since that fight, the 37-year-old Edgar has a win over Cub Swanson but has not competed since that victory on April 21, 2018. He was supposed to fight last November but had to pull out from that fight due to a torn bicep.
As a result of inactivity, Edgar has slipped to the #4 ranked contender in the UFC Featherweight division behind Alexander Volkanovski, Brian Ortega and Jose Aldo. Despite the slip in rankings, Edgar is still a fighter deserving of a title shot as his two previously scheduled shots at gold were cancelled due to legitimate injuries.
Holloway has defended his title successfully twice after winning the interim title in 2016 with a win over Anthony Pettis. He would go on to defeat Jose Aldo at UFC 212 on June 3, 2017 to unify the title. His two successful defences came with a win over Aldo in their rematch and the win over Ortega in 2018.
His latest bout was a loss against Dustin Poirier at UFC 236 for the Interim UFC Lightweight title. Holloway was looking to become a two division champ but was outclassed by Poirier, who went on to win the title via unanimous decision in a classic bout that earned Fight Of The Night honors.
Current #1 ranked Volkanovski called out the champion after his win over former champ Aldo this past weekend at UFC 237 and should be the next in line for the title shot. Volkanovski has yet to return to his native Australia and is currently hospitalized in Chile fighting a blood infection.
UFC 240 will take place on July 27, 2019 and will be broadcast live from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.