Frankie Edgar gets another shot at the UFC featherweight title

Max Holloway will make his inaugural defence of the belt he won from Jose Aldo later this year.

Max Holloway Max Holloway pictured in Dublin in October 2015. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

MAX HOLLOWAY HAS got a date and an opponent for his first outing as the UFC’s undisputed featherweight champion.

Holloway (18-3) is set to defend the 145lbs title against Frankie Edgar (22-5-1) in the main event at UFC 218 in Detroit on 2 December, the UFC has confirmed.

Back in June, Holloway rose to the top of the featherweight division by recording a third-round TKO victory over Jose Aldo at UFC 212.

It was the 25-year-old Hawaiian’s 11th consecutive win since he suffered a unanimous-decision defeat to former featherweight champion and current lightweight title-holder Conor McGregor in August 2013.

MMA 2016 - UFC 205 - New York Frankie Edgar en route to victory against Jeremy Stephens at UFC 205. Source: Jason Silva

Having previously been a champion at lightweight, Edgar moved down to featherweight and lost to Aldo via unanimous decision in a title bout in February 2013.

The 35-year-old New Jersey native then put himself back in contention with wins over Charles Oliveira, BJ Penn, Cub Swanson, Urijah Faber and Chad Mendes.

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He again came up short against Aldo over five rounds when the pair met at UFC 200 in July 2016. The Brazilian subsequently won an interim title before regaining his status as undisputed champion when McGregor was stripped of the belt last November due to inactivity.

Edgar bounced back by overcoming Jeremy Stephens at UFC 205. He then stopped Yair Rodriguez at UFC 211 in May.

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