Edgar: Holloway Toughest Test in a Title Bout
Frankie Edgar will get his third chance to earn a UFC Featherweight Title and join an exclusive club of UFC fighters who won titles in two weight divisions on March 3, when he challenges Max Holloway at UFC 222.
Edgar has been dominant as a featherweight just like when he was UFC lightweight champion. He most recently defeated Yair Rodriguez at UFC 211 back in May. But Edgar has struggled to win featherweight gold — losing to then-champion Jose Aldo in his featherweight debut at UFC 156 back in 2013 and losing to Aldo again at UFC 200 in 2016 for the interim title.
Aldo is still the only 145-pound fighter to hold a victory over Edgar, but “The Answer” says that the current champion, Holloway, may test him differently than Aldo did, let alone any other featherweight fighter in the UFC.
“I’m going to have to say yes, [Max Holloway is my toughest test in a title fight] based on what he’s done in his career at this point,” Edgar told Yahoo! Sports. “With him being so young and people want to say I’m being old, so I think this is my toughest test but this is what I want. If you want to be the best, you have to go after the best guys.
I do think I have that chip [on my shoulder of being too small]. I think you need to have a chip on your shoulder regardless, but the fact that people tell me I’m too small, or not strong enough, not tall enough and now I’m too old, that’s definitely motivating and I love proving people wrong. If I’m able to do that, that’s a notch in my hat.
Edgar was scheduled to challenge Holloway at UFC 218, but an injury forced a postponement of his title shot. Holloway went on to defeat Aldo in a rematch of their June clash.
Edgar will look to take the fight to the ground, a strong suit for him, and dominate the champion there.
“Everyone says that styles make match-ups,” Edgar said. “People want to write me off in this fight because he beat [Jose] Aldo twice and I lost to him twice, but MMA math don’t work like that. I think it’s going to take an A-level performance [to beat Holloway]. I really don’t see any weaknesses in his game.
Obviously, my wrestling background I think is something I’ll try to execute. Everyone knows that. Every fight, I go out there and throw a lot of punches and look for takedowns. It’s going to be no different this time around. We’re going to see. We’re going to see how his wrestling defense really is. He’s fought some wrestlers, but I don’t think he’s fought anyone the level of my wrestling right now.
UFC 222 takes place on March 3 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.