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UFC 218: Max Holloway defends against former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar

The UFC confirmed today that interim featherweight champion Max Holloway (18-3-0) will defend against former lightweight champion No.2 Frankie Edgar (22-5-1) at UFC 218.

This will be 25-year-old Holloway’s first defence since stopping Jose Aldo for the undisputed crown at UFC 212 in June. He previously defeated Anthony Pettis for the interim belt at UFC 206, part of an 11-fight win streak.

Meanwhile, Edgar stopped prospect Yair Rodriguez at UFC 211 in May. It will be interesting to see if “Blessed” can neutralize Edgar’s wrestling with his striking. “The Answer” also has boxing, and many fans are anticipating who can outperform the other wherever the fight goes.

UFC 218 is scheduled for Dec. 2 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Oct. 13. The card currently includes:

Alistair Overeem (43-15-0, 1NC) vs. Francis Ngannou (10-1-0)

Max Holloway (18-3-0) vs. Frankie Edgar (22-5-1)

Eddie Alvarez (28-5-0) vs. Justin Gaethje (18-0-0)

Henry Cejudo (11-2-0) vs. Sergio Pettis (16-2-0)

Felice Herring (13-6-0) vs. Cortney Casey (7-4-0)

Angela Magana (11-8-0) vs. Amanda Bobby Cooper (2-3-0)

Dominick Reyes (7-0-0) vs. Jeremy Kimball (15-6-0)

Abdul Razak Alhassan (7-1-0) vs. Sabah Homasi (11-6-0)

Justin Willis (5-1-0) vs Allen Crowder (7-2-0)

More bouts are expected to be announced.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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