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UFC 240: Max Holloway Defends Decision to Give Frankie Edgar Title Shot

Frankie Edgar

By FCF Staff

Not everyone was on board with the UFC’s decision to hand Frankie Edgar a title shot at UFC 240, over Alexander Volkanovski. But clearly featherweight champ Max Holloway has no issues with the move.

Since Volkanovski has won all seven of his UFC bouts to date, and because he’s coming off a win over the legendary, Jose Aldo, many argued the featherweight should be next for Holloway. Ultimately, however, the UFC awarded Edgar a title shot, even though he’s gone 3-2 in his last five fights.

During a recent media luncheon, Holloway (20-4) had this to say about Edgar, and the decision to book him for a title fight (quotes via MMA Junkie):

“Frankie is Frankie, man,” Holloway said. “If you don’t give this guy the respect that he deserves, he did something that was unthinkable in a division higher than us when he was a much smaller dude, and I can’t wait. These are the fights that excite me. The man’s a legend, the man’s a legend, and if he’s not a Hall of Famer, a future Hall of Famer, then he’s definitely a Hall of Famer in my eyes at least, and I’ve got nothing but respect for him.”

In Edgar’s (23-6-1) last bout, he worked his way to a decision win over Cub Swanson. Holloway, meanwhile, is coming off a decision loss to now interim lightweight champ Dustin Poirier.

UFC 240 will take place in Edmonton, Alberta.

posted by FCF Staff @ 8:00 am
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