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UFC 240: Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar

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UFC 240 (TV: Prelims ESPN, Main Card ESPN + PPV)

Saturday, July 27th 8:00 PM ET Rogers Place (Edmonton, Canada)

Featherweight Title Fight: Max Holloway (20-4) vs. Frankie Edgar (23-6-1)

Fight odds: Max Holloway -360 Frankie Edgar +280

UFC 240 Pick Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar

Max Holloway will defend his Featherweight Title against Frankie Edgar in the Main Event, at 145 lbs. Holloway is 27, 5’11 with a 69 inch reach. Edgar is 37, 5’6 with a 68 inch reach. Holloway is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Dustin Poirier in a fight for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship. Holloway went up in weight, to 155 lbs to take on Poirier, the bigger man. Holloway looked unbeatable leading up to the Poirier fight, but was exposed as the smaller fighter as Poirier used his strength and stalkier build to take Holloway down and do well in the stand up exchanges. It is unlikely that Holloway makes a return to lightweight following his loss, as he looks like the unquestioned king at featherweight.

Holloway will be fighting at his more natural weight at 145 lbs in his fight against Edgar. Holloway has great cardio and is always moving, making him harder to hit. Holloway usually wins bouts with constant pressure that his opponent can only take so much of. Eventually, the accumulation of punishment is too much to take and the opponent succumbs and is stopped before the final bell. Holloway has great boxing skills and will want to keep the fight against Edgar on the feet. Edgar is more of a wrestler who looks to gain an advantage on the ground. If Edgar can’t take down Holloway it will be a long night for him as Holloway can use his height and reach advantage to overwhelm the smaller Edgar with a flurry of strikes that he will eventually not be able to withstand.

UFC 240 Pick Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar

Edgar is coming off a decision win over Cub Swanson after utilizing his wrestling to overwhelm a tough opponent. Edgar has also lost to Brian Ortega by 1st Round knockout and Jose Aldo by decision. Holloway’s three most recent wins came against Aldo twice and Ortega once. All 3 wins ended in a knockout victory for Holloway as his opponents couldn’t take the onslaught of strikes and the referee had to step in to stop the fight. With shared opponents, Holloway has shown he is the best featherweight on the planet and has beaten tougher opponents than Edgar in the past. Edgar has shown himself to be a top featherweight, but has struggled against the top fighters, like Ortega and Aldo.

Expect Holloway to take the fight to him and use combination punching to beat Edgar and retain his Title. Holloway was perhaps too ambitious in moving up in weight to 155 lbs, at lightweight to fight Poirier in an attempt to become a double champion. At featherweight, 145 lbs Holloway is more naturally suited with a slender body type with long limbs and natural physical advantages over most fighters in that division. Edgar always comes to fight and will need to negate Holloway’s striking advantage with his wrestling and counterpunching. The speed and volume punching that Holloway possesses will likely end up being too much for Edgar to survive the full 5 Rounds. 

   

Max Holloway by 3rd Round KO

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