Frankie Edgar: Title fight against Max Holloway is meant to beGet the Full StoryFrankie Edgar talks about his upcoming title fight against Max Holloway. Former UFC lightweight champion and two-time featherweight title challenger Frankie Edgar was originally scheduled to challenge reigning 145-pound champ Max Holloway at UFC 218 but was forced to withdraw at the last minute due to injury.
But Edgar, who suffered a broken orbital in training, thinks the way things played out were meant to be.
The Answer has been rescheduled to challenge Blessed for the featherweight title at the upcoming UFC 222 pay-per-view in March and believes the stars have aligned for him to dethrone Holloway and become a two-division champ.
I have so many reasons why I feel like this is meant to be Edgar told Duane Finley of Flo Combat in a recent interview. I obviously wasn t thinking that way or being that optimistic when I got my face broken in practice. It felt like the world was crashing in around me, but I m very happy things all still worked out because it all could have gone a much different way. Despite the things that happened everything pretty much stayed on track and I was able to still get this fight. That s why I feel like it s already written. I just have to go in there, follow through and make it happen.
Although fans have written Edgar off because he lost to former champ Jose Aldo on two separate occasions, the 36-year-old has always been a career underdog and is ready to prove the critics wrong at UFC 222.
Styles make fights and I love this matchup, Edgar continued. I m hearing these people on the internet talking and asking how I m going to beat him when I lost to Jose Aldo. MMA math doesn t always work that way. I m confident in my skills and I truly believe I m still improving with each performance. I think that showed in my last fight because that was one of my strongest performances. I m ready to go out there and have a defining fight with Holloway and he s the perfect guy for me. I ve been doubted since day one. Before I even started fighting people were doubting me and I love proving them all wrong. Going out there and proving these losers who have never done anything in their lives wrong is almost better the victory itself.
His opponent, 26-year-old Holloway, is on one of the highest win streaks in the promotion 12 and recently beat Scarface in back-to-back fights. Holloway s range, pressure fighting and combinations matched up against Edgar s in-out, footwork-heavy style makes it one of the most compelling title bouts of the year.
UFC 222, which sees Edgar challenge Holloway for the featherweight strap in the main event, takes place March 3 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.