Max Holloway’s return to featherweight was a winning one in Edmonton Canada on Saturday night as he retained his 145lb title with victory over Frankie Edgar.
Holloway last fought at lightweight, losing to Dustin Poirier via a unanimous decision, but he dropped down to his championship weight and put on a masterclass against the veteran Edgar.
The 27-year old, who is now a remarkable 14-1 in his last 15 fights, put on a striking clinic for the Edmonton faithful, regularly landing shots against Edgar, who showed his typical resilience throughout, however the former lightweight champion simply couldn’t find the key to cracking the Holloway code.
Edgar began the opening round in impressive style, but his opponent grew into the fight and Holloway’s typical pressure game began to show as he took control and displayed his efficient and accurate striking.
Holloway couldn’t put Edgar away throughout the five round war but his dominance was telling with the judges scoring it t 50-45, 50-45 and 48-47 all in favour of the reigning champion.
For Holloway it’s an impressive return to featherweight and a win which further enhances his claim to be the division’s GOAT, with a bout with top ranked contender Alexander Volkanovski the likely next fight for “Blessed”
“You know, everybody said I wasn’t going to be able to wrestle with this guy. Everybody said I wasn’t going to be able to stay with his pace.
I wanted to prove a point and go five rounds with him. So I could let the world know that I’m here to stay and the Blessed Express is still on the move baby choo choo!”
For Edgar, it’s the 37-year old’s third straight defeat in featherweight title fights, and after the bout “The Answer” was full of praise for his opponent
“I expected everything he brought.” he said.“Max is a stud man. He represents our sport to the best. He represents this division to the best. He’s the best guy in the world.”