Max Holloway has extended some words of respect to his UFC 240 foe Frankie Edgar after he defeated him on the scorecards in the night’s main-event.
Despite being entertaining in brief moments, the top-billed showdown of the evening boiled down to a simple clash between a vintage Max Holloway and the type of Frankie Edgar we have come to expect in recent years.
It’s hard not to love the sheer grit and determination that The Answer brings to the octagon each and every time but in facing a force of nature like the featherweight king, it became apparent pretty quickly that Frankie just did not have the power, and through that, the threat necessary to supplant the Hawaiian.
Still, it was a commendable effort. The problem now is that Edgar will likely have to do something quite unique to earn himself another shot at the 145lb strap – and in a division as talent-rich as it is, some have pointed to a drop to bantamweight as a viable next step for the former lightweight champ.
Max Holloway himself took to his official Instagram page to offer some kind words of both respect and support to Edgar – citing a career’s worth of admiration for him and his coach, Mark Henry.
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The GOAT talk always makes me cringe. Legends can coexist. Frankie was gonna win no matter what last night because I am part Frankie. I am who I am as a father and martial artist because of some of the things I've learned from Frankie and coach Mark Henry. Proud to be Hawaiian, proud to be honorary Canadian. But if you know this sport the way us fighters know it, every champ reps a little bit of Jersey whether they like it or not because of these two legends 🤙🏻
Win, lose, or draw, Edgar is a man who is a near-certainty for UFC Hall Of Fame honours in the future.
And while his dream of adding his name to the exclusive list of those to capture titles in two different weight-classes is growing increasingly unlikely, perhaps taking his size disadvantage out of the picture for once and fighting at his more natural home at bantamweight could be the right move for him.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena