UFC 218: Max Holloway set to defend against Frankie Edgar

Max Holloway will defend his UFC featherweight title in Detroit in December.

The UFC is heading to Detroit on Dec. 2 and bringing a super main event with them as featherweight champion Max Holloway is set to defend his title for the first time against former lightweight King Frankie Edgar.

News of the two meeting was first reported by Chris Taylor of BJPenn.com and confirmed by ESPN on Tuesday night’s edition of SportsCenter. A very exciting fight indeed.

Holloway (18-3) will be defending the belt for the first time since he defeated 145-pound legend Jose Aldo back UFC 212 earlier this year. The exciting Hawaiian star is riding a super impressive 11-fight winning streak and has not tasted defeat since losing to Conor McGregor back in 2013.  Since that defeat to the Irish fighter, Holloway has torn through

Since that defeat to the Irish fighter, Holloway has torn through the featherweight division, defeating the most dangerous men the UFC put in front of him. Anthony Pettis, Ricardo Lamas, Jeremy Stephens, Cub Swanson and Charles Oliveira are among the defeated warriors on the Waianae natives record.

The man challenging for Holloway’s title is no stranger to the spotlight either. Frankie Edgar is a UFC veteran who has been in numerous title fights both as a defending champion and challenger. Edgar (22-5-1) brings a two-fight win streak into the contest after he dominated both Jeremy Stephens and Yair Rodriguez.

The former lightweight king-pin has only tasted defeat twice since February of 2013 falling short against Jose Ado both times. His 7-2 run since that first Aldo defeat has seen Frankie beat BJ Penn, Cub Swanson, Uriah Faber and Chad Mendes almost ensuring a No.1 contender’s spot. The 35-year old fighter could be the latest addition to the handful of fighters to win two different titles in two different weight classes with a win in Detroit.

With a number of fights having already been announced included the return of Angela Magana and Francis Ngannou, UFC 218 could be one of the best cards of the year.

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