Featherweight champion Max Holloway (20-4) and Frankie Edgar have verbally agreed to faceeach other at UFC 240, which will take place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, on July 27.
The bout has been confirmed following an initial report by ESPN. This will be Holloway’s return to 145 pounds after attempting to capture an interim lightweight in April at UFC 236. Holloway dropped a five-round unanimous decision to Dustin Poirier, but before that, he had won thirteen consecutive bouts including title fight victories over Anthony Pettis, Brian Ortega, and Jose Aldo.
In 2015, Holloway defeated Charles Oliveira by TKO at a Fight Night in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and later won PPV bouts against Ortega and Aldo in Toronto. He will be competing for the third time in Canada.
The two featherweight champions had been scheduled to fight twice at UFC 218 on Dec. and UFC 222 on March. Edgar had an injury during the first meeting and Holloway during the second, and the meetings had to be derailed. Edgar instead went to fight Ortega at UFC 222, where Ortego became the first fighter to KO Edgar.
Edgar lost a pair of unanimous decisions to Aldo in two previous attempts to win the UFC featherweight title.