It’s hardly come as a surprise, but it’s been confirmed last evening that UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will defend his title for the first time when he takes on Frankie Edgar at UFC 218.
The event will take place on December 2 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and the news was first reported by Chris Taylor of BJPenn.com on Tuesday evening. A number of subsequent reports later confirmed the bout.
Holloway won the UFC featherweight title earlier this year when he defeated Jose Aldo via TKO at UFC 21 in June. The Hawaiian is currently riding an impressive 11-fight win streak with wins over the likes of Cub Swanson, Anthony Pettis and Ricardo Lamas. Holloway has not been beaten since 2013 when he was defeated by the current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in Sweden.
Holloway’s next opponent, Edgar, will be getting his third shot at the UFC featherweight strap having been previously defeated by Jose Aldo twice with the title on the line. Edgar is a former UFC lightweight champion, but can unstuck twice previously when challenging Aldo for the 145-pounds belt. Edgar put himself into for another shot at the strap with two wins on the bounce against Yair Rodriquez and Jeremy Stephens.
The only other bout confirmed for UFC 218 so far is the heavyweight fight between Francis Ngannou and Alistair Overeem.