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Morning Report: Frankie Edgar calls for Max Holloway bout: ‘May I have this dance?’

Frankie Edgar post-fight EL
Frankie Edgar
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Frankie Edgar has had one of the most successful careers in UFC history. A lock for the Hall of Fame, Edgar was the lightweight champion from 2010 to 2012, and holds the record for most collected fight time in UFC history, at over 6 hours. But despite his many accomplishments, one thing has eluded him: the UFC featherweight title. Now, with Max Holloway having lost in his bid to move up to 155 pounds and looking for the next challenger to defend his 145-pound belt against, Edgar is hoping to get that chance.

Posting on Instagram yesterday, Edgar called for a title shot Holloway, saying he deserves the next crack at Max because he was twice denied before by circumstance.

“Hey [Max Holloway], not once, but twice we got all dressed up, took pictures, and never got to dance. Everybody knows I put my last opportunity on the line because that’s the kind of people we are. Let’s finally get this done!

FYI, your last fight was epic, let’s put another one in the history books! May I have this dance?”

Edgar has a point. Twice before he and Holloway were scheduled to face each other for Max’s title. At UFC 218, Edgar was forced to withdraw just a few weeks before the event when he suffered a facial injury in training that required surgery. Jose Aldo stepped in for Edgar in that situation. Edgar and Holloway were rebooked for UFC 222 but a leg injury forced Holloway to pull out a month before the event. Instead of waiting for his title shot, Edgar opted to face Brian Ortega on short notice at the event. Ortega knocked him out in the first round.

Since then, Edgar rebounded from his loss with a unanimous decision win over Cub Swanson. He was set to take on Chan Sung Jung at UFC Denver but tore his biceps a few weeks prior to the event. Now Edgar is all healed up and ready to get back into action, and the third-ranked featherweight is staking his claim as the rightful next recipient of that shot.

Hey, maybe third time is the charm.


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We’ve got ourselves the rare weekend where Bellator and the UFC are going head to head. Not every day that happens and there’s a case to be made that Bellator’s card is the stronger offering. Interested to see what y’all think on the matter.

Thanks for reading, enjoy the fights, and see y’all on Monday.


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