MMA Preview – Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar at UFC 240

THE FACTS

When is UFC 240? Sunday 28th July, 2019 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 240? Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

What channel is UFC 240? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 240? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ which can you sign up to here!

Are tickets still available for UFC 240? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Third time lucky for Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar who have had two scraps pulled due to injuries. This is also third time lucky for Edgar who has patiently waited for his third featherweight title fight and, in the meantime, Holloway has gone about his business in attempting to clean out the division.

A 13-fight winning streak saw Holloway march up the ranks, dethrone the featherweight king Jose Aldo, finish him again in a rematch and then defend the belt for a second time against Brian Ortega to stake his own claim as the best featherweight of all time. However, he is coming off a loss after stepping up to lightweight for a chance to win the interim title but was outclassed by a prime Dustin Poirier.

We haven’t seen Edgar for over a year when he claimed the 12th decision win of his career against Cub Swanson, which was in response to the first knockout loss of his career against Ortega. That match with Ortega was supposed to be against Holloway and the Hawaiian’s injury could not have worked out worse for Edgar. However, the past achievements of the legend have granted him this opportunity and we all know never to count out ‘The Answer’.

THE PREDICTION

Edgar is the underdog; he is past his prime and up against a young and dominant champion but that means nothing as he has the heart to overcome any odds. Holloway dwarfs Edgar but that is business as usual for the New Jersey native and he also only gives up a one-inch reach advantage which will be important when Edgar sets up his takedowns with jabs and level changes.

‘The Answer’ knows he has to take the fight to the floor and you just have to revisit Holloway’s dismantling of Aldo and Ortega to see why. ‘Blessed’ may submit the odd takedown but he has the ability to spring straight back up and get back to his bread and butter which will be harvesting his opponent on the feet.

There will be scrambles but Holloway is expected to control to majority of the fight with his expert distance control, getting better as the fight grows and piling on the damage with his hands. Edgar’s heart is likely to pull him to a decision but don’t be surprised by a late finish.

Winner: Holloway via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric

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