Max (Blessed) Holloway will fight former lightweight title-holder Frankie (The Answer) Edgar at UFC 240 in Edmonton on July 27. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Holloway to put featherweight title on line against Edgar at UFC 240 in Edmonton

Max (Blessed) Holloway will put his UFC featherweight title on the line against former lightweight title-holder Frankie (The Answer) Edgar at UFC 240 in Edmonton on July 27.

David Shaw, UFC senior vice-president of international and content, confirmed the Rogers Place matchup, first reported by ESPN.

There have been two past attempts to match Edgar and Holloway, in December 2017 at UFC 218 (Edgar was injured) and March 2018 at UFC 222 (Holloway was injured).

“It’s one of those fights people have wanted to see for a long time and now we’ve got the chance to actually pull it together,” Shaw said in an interview. “(It’s) nice that we’re going to be able to host that event and host Max in Canada given he’s pretty much a honorary Canadian at this point after his three fights in Canada and love for the Raptors.

“So it’s an exciting fight to bring to Edmonton.”

Edgar agreed to fight Brian Ortega instead at UFC 222 and was knocked out in the first round, losing his title shot in the process. It went to Ortega, who lost a bloody five-round decision to Holloway at UFC 231 in Toronto last December.

Australian Alexander (The Great) Volkanovski became the No. 1 contender at 145 pounds after winning a decision over former champion Jose Aldo in Brazil on the weekend. With UFC 243 slated for Sydney, Australia, in early October, the UFC will likely look to showcase Volkanovski there.

Volkanovski (20-1-0) has won all seven UFC fights and has not lost since May 2013.

Holloway (20-4-0) is coming off an April loss to Dustin (The Diamond) Poirier for the interim lightweight title. That snapped a 13-fight win streak that dated back to August 2103 when the 145-pounder from Hawaii was beaten by Conor McGregor.

The 27-year-old Holloway won the UFC interim featherweight title at UFC 206 in Toronto in December 2016, beating Anthony (Showtime) Pettis. He stopped Charles Oliveira in Saskatoon in August 2015.

Edgar (22-6-1) returned to action in April, earning a unanimous decision over Cub Swanson. The 37-year-old is currently ranked fourth among 145-pound contenders behind Volkanovski, Ortega and Aldo.

Holloway has already beaten Aldo twice.

The July card will be the UFC’s second in Edmonton. The city hosted FC 215 in September 2017 with Amanda Nunes successfully defending her bantamweight title against Valentina Shevchenko after a flyweight championship bout between Demetrious (Mighty Mouse) Johnson and Ray Borg was called off due a Borg injury.

The Rogers Place card drew an announced sellout crowd of 16,232.

Just Posted

Central Alberta skiers, snowboarders thrilled for start of season

Central Alberta skiers and snowboarders are finally able to hit the slopes,… Continue reading

CN conductors’ union gives 72-hour strike notice as talks continue

TORONTO — Canadian National Railways conductors, trainpersons and yardpersons have given strike… Continue reading

Auto insurance to climb for central Alberta motorists

It’s going to be tough on many businesses, says local courier company owner

Canada’s Salvation Army testing out quicker tap-and-go option at kettle stations

TORONTO — Canada’s Salvation Army is testing out a new and faster… Continue reading

Father fights with private school over alleged bullying among 7-year-old girls

TORONTO — A Toronto father alleges in a lawsuit filed against Havergal… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Wednesday Pain 101 class — learn to take control of your chronic… Continue reading

Man, 66 struck and killed by vehicle in Regina intersection

REGINA — Police in Regina say a 66-year-old man is dead after… Continue reading

Homicide unit investigating after body found in burned SUV in Abbotsford, B.C.

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — Homicide detectives have been handed the case after police… Continue reading

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $25 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — There was no winning ticket for the $25 million jackpot… Continue reading

Abortions rights advocates urge Liberals to turn politics into policy

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned for re-election on a promise… Continue reading

Impeachment testimony comes from White House budget official

WASHINGTON — House impeachment investigators met in private Saturday with a White… Continue reading

Football brings some peace to Sioux family after suicide

VERMILLION, S.D. — Teenagers Jashawn and Jayton Pease embraced in the end… Continue reading

St. Mark’s Square reopens in Venice, but water remains high

VENICE, Italy — Tourists and residents were allowed back into St. Mark’s… Continue reading

Most Read