Max Holloway is currently preparing to do something he hasn’t had to since 2014 and that’s to bounce back from a defeat in the UFC.

The former undisputed featherweight champion moved up in weight to challenge for the organisation’s interim lightweight belt last April against Dustin Poirier but came up short after five thrilling rounds in Atlanta, Georgia.

Holloway had enjoyed an incredible 13-fight win streak since his previous career loss to Conor McGregor back in August 2013 until he faced ‘the Diamond’ at the State Farm Arena. It was Poirier that prevailed with a unanimous decision triumph over five rounds to get the gold wrapped around his waist by UFC president Dana White, and deservedly so following his own long battle to success.

Frankie Edgar will be the next man to face off with Holloway in the octagon on July 27th at UFC 240, when he will aim to instantly return to winning ways and get back on track towards more prosperous bouts.

This will be the third time that this pair have been scheduled to trade gloves, with the last two supposed meetings at UFC 218 and UFC 222 both having been scrapped due to injuries being sustained.

Holloway was initially heavily favoured in his eventual defeat at the hands of Poirier in the UFC predictions, as was his standing in the sport and incredible run of form heading into that high-profile match-up, but he suffered the fourth defeat of his professional MMA career.

‘The Blessed One’ will be hopeful of returning with a victory over Edgar as he drops back down to 145 pounds for this latest battle to defend his featherweight strap. This clash will be the headline fight at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Canada live on ESPN.

Holloway is arguably the greatest featherweight to ever enter the UFC, with his resume in the division being superb. Before his loss to Poirier up in divisions, the Hawaii-native went on a rampant run of form which included consecutive wins over Jeremy Stephens, Ricardo Lamas, Anthony Pettis, Jose Aldo twice and Brian Ortega.

For the man in the opposite corner, Edgar will be looking to gain some momentum with a huge victory here after over a year out of action. The American and former lightweight titleholder overcame Cub Swanson in impressive fashion last year in New Jersey.

Although, at 37 years of age and after so many wars down the years in his admirable career in the UFC, this looks like a great returning fight for the champion Holloway.

The much younger 27-year-old is still one of the best and most accomplished strikers in the world and should see this as a big chance to shine with a strong win to recover from that last defeat to Poirier.

Whether Holloway will eventually venture back up to lightweight in pursuit of the title in that division remains to be seen but he is now still the dominant force at 145 pounds.

Edgar is the man he must get past first to try and re-establish himself as the main man at featherweight, in case anyone somehow forgot.

 

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