UFC 222 will take place on March 3rd, 2018 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Although the main card for this event is still being put together, the Headliner of the event has been made official.
For the first time in their careers, UFC Featherweight Champ Max “Blessed” Holloway and the #2 ranked featherweight contender Frankie “The Answer” Edgar will meet in the octagon to battle for Holloway’s featherweight strap.
Holloway has been on an absolute tear as of late winning his last 12 fights, defeating some of the greatest talent the UFC featherweight division has ever had to offer, earning him the accolade of UFC’s Fighter of the Year for 2017.
Holloway’s last two victories have been the biggest of his career thus far. On June 3rd, 2017, Holloway would face then Featherweight Champ Jose Aldo in the main event of UFC 212 in Aldo’s home country of Brazil. Aldo, a man who many consider the greatest featherweight fighter ever was out struck and overwhelmed by Holloway before being TKO’d in the 3rd round of the bout, making Holloway the new featherweight champion.
Six months later, the rematch between Holloway and Aldo took place at UFC 218 in Detroit, Michigan. Like the previous bout, Holloway’s striking would prove to be too much for Aldo to handle as Aldo was again stopped in the 3rd round by Holloway.
Holloway’s opponent for UFC 222 is battle tested veteran Frankie “The Answer” Edgar. Edgar rides a 2 fight win streak into the bout with Holloway after defeating Jeremy Stephens and Yair Rodriguez, earning himself the title shot.
Edgar, who has had his time as champion in the UFC’s lightweight division, has yet to capture the featherweight title that has eluded him for some time now. After some key losses to top featherweight contenders, Edgar remained on the back burner for months before making his way back up the rankings. Many people, including Edgar himself feel that this could be the last chance the vet has at the featherweight title. Whether or not he’ll make the most of what is is likely his final opportunity remains to be seen.
Edgar possesses some of the best wrestling of any fighter in the promotion and can likely cause problems for any UFC featherweight. Holloway’s strike first mentality could present opportunities for Edgar to use his wrestling to his advantage. However, Holloway has shown significant improvements fight after fight and will more than likely be prepared for everything Edgar can throw his way.
Holloway fends off multiple take down attempts from Edgar before TKO finish in Round 3. Holloway defends featherweight title for second time.