We were supposed to get Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar for the UFC featherweight title this past weekend at UFC 218.
However, an injury to Edgar knocked the former UFC lightweight champion out and opened the door for Jose Aldo to step in.
The change in opponents didn’t matter to Holloway, as “Blessed” scored his 12th consecutive victory by stopping Aldo for the second time this year in the third round.
Holloway, who will turn 26 years of age Monday, deserves some time off if that is what he wants. If not, he should ask the UFC to give him Edgar again just so he can put the finishing touches on the featherweight division before attempting to avenge his last loss.
But first, Holloway-Edgar is a bout that fight fans and UFC officials need to make sure happens. Edgar has excellent wrestling, and while his size could hurt his chances of taking the belt off the proud Hawaiian, there is no doubting the heart of “The Answer.”
Assuming Holloway earns his 20th career win with a victory over Edgar, he would have a great case to call out Conor McGregor in a meeting of champion vs. champion.
Holloway has defeated the likes of Aldo (twice), former champion Anthony Pettis, Ricardo Lamas, Jeremy Stephens and Cub Swanson since that 2013 defeat via decision to McGregor.
All of the needed “hype” for a super-fight would be there with Holloway and McGregor. Heck, it could even make for a perfect opportunity to bring the Octagon to Hawaii for a big event on the island.
For McGregor, the chance to further distance himself from any talk of his “running away” from the division after winning the lightweight title should be enough to talk him into accepting the fight. He already believes himself to still be the division champion, and maybe that is true – but this would be one way to prove it.