Max Holloway (pictured) vs. Frankie Edgar: Take Two.
After being forced out of their UFC 218 showdown with a broken orbital bone, Edgar has once again been granted another shot at the UFC featherweight champ.
The UFC made the announcement late Monday.
The two will collide March 3 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This marks the ninth time in Edgar’s past 16 outings that he’s fought with UFC gold on the line.
Edgar’s championship run started off hot with consecutive lopsided victories over BJ Penn to capture the UFC lightweight title. That was followed up with a controversial draw against the much-larger Gray Maynard, who Edgar subsequently knocked out cold in his next outing.
However, things haven’t worked out so nicely for Edgar in his past four title bouts. He lost his belt to Benson Henderson and dropped a highly questionable split decision in their immediate rematch.
Being BFFs with UFC president Dana White certainly has its perks, because Edgar was rewarded with an immediate featherweight title bout against then-champ Jose Aldo in his 145-pound debut. Edgar fell short again.
He worked his way back up the mountain with five consecutive wins, three of which came in finish fashion. Unfortunately for Edgar, he lost again to Aldo for the interim featherweight trophy.
No problem, two more solid wins and Edgar finds himself right back in championship lane against Holloway.
Holloway, meanwhile, is arguably MMA’s hottest fighter having rattled off 12 straight victories en route to capturing the featherweight hardware. The Hawaiian’s last loss came at the hands of Conor McGregor.
With Edgar bowing out of their initial matchup, Holloway went on to easily dispose of former 145 pound king Jose Aldo. It was his second consecutive victory over Aldo in as many outings.
Here is the card’s current rumored roster:
C.B. Dollaway vs. Hector Lombard
Stefan Struve vs. Andrei Arlovski
Frankie Edgar vs. Max Holloway (UFC featherweight champion)