The UFC featherweight championship will be on the line as Max Holloway takes on Frankie Edgar at UFC 240, taking place July 27 in Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

ESPN broke the news. At first glance, it is a bit surprising to see Edgar receive the title taken when Alexander Volkanovski only dominated Jose Aldo in UFC 237 and allegedly earned a title shot himself. But the UFC had a main event for the July card, and so Edgar gets the shot first, with Volkanovski likely serving as an emergency backup for the bout. Considering that the Holloway vs. Edgar pairing has flopped before, Volkanovski would be wise to stay ready for this date. Holloway (20-4) recently moved up to lightweight and failed in his bid to turn into a double UFC winner when he lost a decision to Dustin Poirier in UFC 236. But he remains the UFC featherweight champion, and is now riding a 13-fight win series at 145lbs. Though his striking defense and size was depicted as a lightweight against Poirier, moving back down to featherweight should be a fantastic move for him because he looks to get back into the win column. Edgar (23-6-1) is coming from a decision win over Cub Swanson past April and hasn’t fought because due to injuries. We all know the UFC and Edgar’s director Ali Abdel-Aziz have a fantastic connection, which is likely why he got this title shot over another featherweight contenders. Plus, don’t forget Edgar did the UFC a favor when he stepped up on short notice to combat Brian Ortega last year and lost. Overall, the former UFC lightweight champion is 8-3 as a featherweight in the Octagon. Although I’m not convinced Edgar warrants this name shot, this remains an excellent fight, though there’s no doubt Holloway will be a big favorite, since he ought to be. Anthony Pettis vs. Nate Diaz, UFC 241 Within an exciting welterweight bout, Anthony Pettis takes on Nate Diaz in UFC 241, taking place August 17 in Honda Centre at Anaheim, California. The UFC has already confirmed this bout. Pettis (22-8) recently moved up to welterweight and made the most of the opportunity as he brutally knocked out Stephen Thompson in among 2019’s finest KOs up to now. Pettis has struggled with his consistency the last few decades, but he looked revitalized against Thompson and possibly this is the start of something good for him. Diaz (19-11) hasn’t fought since August 2016, when he lost a majority decision to Conor McGregor from the pair’s rematch. Prior to that, he’d won back conflicts over McGregor and Michael Johnson. Diaz has struggled while battling as a welterweight, though given the fact Pettis can also be undersized for the branch, this looks like a fair fight. Although Diaz matches well stylistically against Pettis, together with the three-year layoff it is rather hard to select him to win here, and I’d peg Pettis as the favored because of his existing momentum. Disclaimer: This page contains affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker is going to be paid if you make a purchase after clicking on the hyperlinks. Read more: