Following a failed attempt to become the UFC’s next dual champion, Max “Blessed” Holloway will be returning to featherweight for his next fight.
The reigning featherweight champ moved up to 155 pounds last month in a bid to add another chip to his collection.
In what many considered as a strong Fight Of The Year contender, Holloway dug deep in his arsenal to no avail as he was overwhelmed by Dustin Poirier in a thrilling UFC 236 main event.
The loss ended the featherweight GOAT’s 13-fight winning streak. He also failed to earn a shot to challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed title.
In the post-fight interview, “Blessed” said his future at the lightweight division remains uncertain.
He quipped that he is willing to fight in any weight class that would help him improve his pound for pound rankings.
Now, a recent report is saying that he will return to the featherweight division this July for his next title-retention bid.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 14, 2019
Holloway Vs Edgar Is In The Works
According to a report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, the UFC is now on the brink of finishing a deal for a featherweight title fight between Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar.
The title bout is expected to headline a pay-per-view event on July 27 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Following two consecutive fallouts, the third time could be the charm for the Nevada-based promotion in staging this clash featuring ‘Blessed’ and ‘The Answer.’
The featherweight pair was first booked for UFC 218 in December 2017, but Edgar withdrew from the fight due to an injury.
The match-up was scrapped for the second time as the defending champion pulled out from UFC 222 also because of injury.
Holloway has defended the 145-pound belt twice since unifying the belts in June of 2017 against Jose Aldo.
Later that year, the Brazilian fighter, Aldo, earned an immediate rematch but suffered another technical knockout loss.
Holloway then put up a dominant performance against Brian Ortega at UFC 231 last year, following a health scare that could potentially end his career.
Dana’s Wish Is Granted
In his epic clash with Dustin Poirier at UFC 236 last month, UFC president Dana White said that he wants Holloway to return to his territory.
White thinks ‘Blessed’ is not big enough for the lightweight division.
Life is chutes and ladders. Sometimes we gotta take that slide down to get to the next big ladder. It is what it is. We keep playing. We keep fighting. Congrats to Dustin and Jolie. They should've already had a belt. Diamonds are forever pic.twitter.com/9IKYoZAg1P
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) April 14, 2019
What are your early predictions for the Holloway vs Edgar featherweight title fight?
Will Holloway remain as the king of 145? Or will a new champion emerge?
Featured Image Source: Instagram/Max Holloway and YouTube/Jehu Media