Max Holloway will make his second defence of the UFC featherweight title against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC 222 in Las Vegas on March 3rd.
MMAJunkie reported the news on Monday evening, quoting a source “with knowledge of the situation” who wished to remain anonymous, but the UFC has since confirmed the booking.
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Holloway and Edgar were originally scheduled to do battle at UFC 218 last month, but ‘The Answer’ was forced to withdraw from the fight through injury. As a result, Holloway instead fought Jose Aldo at the event and scored his second consecutive third-round stoppage win over the Brazilian great.
The win was Holloway’s twelfth in a row since suffering back to back losses to Dennis Bermudez and Conor McGregor in 2013.
Over the last six years, Edgar has only been beaten by two men, Benson Henderson and the aforementioned Aldo. He lost back to back fights to Henderson at lightweight in 2012 before dropping down to featherweight and failing in a bid to rip the title from Aldo. He subsequently went on a five-fight winning run to earn another crack at Aldo and featherweight gold – this time the interim title. But he once again fell short, dropping a five-round unanimous decision to the South American Scarface at UFC 200 in July of 2016.
The ever-resilient Edgar bounced back, however, beating Jeremy Stephens at UFC 205 that November before entering a scintillating performance to finish Yair Rodriguez in May of 2017.
If Edgar defeats Holloway, he will join Conor McGregor, BJ Penn, Georges St-Pierre and Randy Couture as the only fighters to ever win UFC titles in two weight classes.
UFC 222 is still very much a work in progress. A heavyweight battle between Andre Arlovski and Stefan Struve, a middleweight bout between C.B Dollaway and Hector Lombard, a bantamweight bout between Sean O’Malley and Andre Soukhamthath, and the promotional debut of Brazilian jiu-jitsu sensation Mackenzie Dern, who will take on Ashley Yoder, are the only other fights that have been confirmed so far.