HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - According to multiple media outlets Max Holloway is set to return to the Octagon on July 27th in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to defend his featherweight crown against a familiar foe.
Talks are in the works for Holloway (20-4 MMA, 16-4 UFC) to defend the UFC featherweight title against Frankie Edgar (23-6-1 MMA, 17-6-1 UFC) at UFC 240 in July.
MMA Junkie and ESPN have verified verbal agreements are in place with both parties management.
The main card would air on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.
This would be the first bout for Holloway after moving up to the lightweight division in April for an interim title rematch with Dustin Poirier. “Blessed” battled to lose a unanimous decision that saw his 13-fight winning streak come to an end.
UFC President Dana White said afterward that he wanted to see the Waianae native return to 145 lbs and that looks to be what could happen.
Edgar, was scheduled to challenge Holloway at UFC 218 in December 2017 before suffering an injury that forced him to pull out and eventually led to Holloway’s signature finish of UFC legend Jose Aldo.
Following the bout Edgar was then given the shot again at UFC 222 in March 2018, but it was Holloway was the second time around who was forced to pull out due to injury.
Holloway, coming of a loss for the first time in 13 fights will look to resurrect the performances that have had him in the talks for the pound-for-pound best, while at 37 years old this could be Frankie Edgar’s final shot at UFC gold.