Frankie Edgar believes his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight title shot against Max Holloway was the right move to make.
Edgar vs. Holloway is scheduled for July 27 at UFC 240. The event will take place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This fight has been booked twice before, but injuries on both sides put a halt to those plans. Edgar took a bout with late replacement Brian Ortega back in March 2018 and was knocked out. The following month, Edgar defeated Cub Swanson in their rematch via unanimous decision.
Edgar Explains Why He Deserved Another Title Shot
Alex Volkanovski is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Jose Aldo and many expected him to be next in line for a shot at 145-pound gold. Speaking to MMAFighting.com, Edgar said that Volkanovski will get his chance:
“I think it [Edgar’s resume] should matter. You hear Dana [White] and UFC brass, they like people that step up, they like guys that are willing to put it all on the line, and I think my whole career I’ve done that. And I think that’s why I got rewarded.
“I think so, based on my past history with the UFC, and then the landscape of the way went down with me and Holloway, I think it just makes sense. I don’t want to take anything away from Alex, he’s a stud fighter. He’s won a bunch of fights in a row. He’s going to get his time. I was him not too long ago, and he’s going to get his time. I know he’s probably a little upset, because I’ve been there before. But his time will come.”
Edgar is 0-2 when it comes to featherweight title bouts. That includes his bid for interim gold back in July 2016. Both of those defeats came at the hands of Jose Aldo. In a little over two months, we’ll find out if the third time’s the charm.