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Max Holloway won the interim featherweight championship in December of 2016 with an impressive performance against Anthony Pettis. Now the undisputed champion, Holloway faces Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC 240 on July 27.

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UFC 240: Holloway vs. Edgar takes place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Canada.  The featherweight title fight headlines the 12-fight card.  The events also marks the return of former women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg.  In her first fight since losing the belt to Amanda Nunes, the Brazilian faces undefeated Felicia Spencer in the co-main event. 


Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar address their UFC 240 match-up (video)

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Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar have been trying for the better part of the last two years to step into the Octagon and fight. There is no rivalry, no venom, no trash-talk. They are simply two fighters that respect each other and want to see who comes out on top when they put their skills to the test.

They are both hoping that the third’s time is a charm, as they are now scheduled to headline UFC 240 on July 27 in Edmonton.

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As part of the UFC’s seasonal promotional press conference, which took place during International Fight Week in Las Vegas, Holloway and Edgar addressed their match-up and how they approach the game plan after having been scheduled to fight twice before.

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UFC President Dana White, and headlining fighters competing in upcoming marquee events, will participate in a special press conference ahead of UFC 239: Jones vs Santos on Friday, July 5th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The press conference kicks off at 2:30pm PT / 5:30pm ET.

Watch to see Khabib Nurmagomedov, Dustin Poirier, Daniel Cormier, Stipe Miocic, Max Holloway, and Frankie Edgar.

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LAS VEGAS – Ahead of today’s ceremonial weigh-ins for UFC 239 in Las Vegas, you can watch a live video stream of a special news conference for fights coming up for the UFC in the coming months.

The press conference starts at 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT) and will be followed by the UFC 239 ceremonial weigh-ins at 7 p.m. ET.

Fighters confirmed for the press conference include:

The news conference, hosted by UFC president Dana White, takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The same venue hosts Saturday’s UFC 239 card, which airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Alex Volkanovski says he will be at UFC 240 ‘on weight ready to fill in’

After Alex Volkanovski beat Jose Aldo at UFC 237, he along with many others expected he would the next title shot. Yet, that was not the case. Instead, the Aussie was passed over as Frankie Edgar will next face Max Holloway at UFC 240 for the featherweight title.

Obviously, this was disappointing news for the 30-year-old, but he says he will make the trip to Edmonton, Alberta to be on hand for the fight.

“I always try and stay positive in whatever situation. Obviously, I was dirty on it. Whether that decision was made before [Aldo and I] even fought — it seems to be — but maybe it wasn’t,” Volkanovski said on Radio. “I don’t know what it is. But at the same time, I was expecting a fight-related issue anyway. They can fight and then I fight [for the title] before the year’s out.

“I’ve got a couple of goals that I want to do before the year’s out and that’s one more fight,” he continued. “I always want at least three fights within the 12 months. And, I want that belt, so I can still tick those goals off of my list for 2019. We’ll wait and see what happens. But hey, I’m staying ready. I’m here training. I’m pretty much in camp so I’m going to be going to Canada, and I’ll be ringside watching. If someone’s injured, I’ll be on weight ready to fill in.”

Alex Volkanovski is staying ready

Alex Volkanovski is upset he is not fighting Max Holloway at UFC 240. But, he remains adamant that he is training for the fight. He has told the UFC he will be ready to step in on short notice if something happens to either Holloway or Edgar.

“My manager obviously told him like, ‘What’s going on here?’ But it is what it is, and we just eventually told them, ‘Look, we’ll stay ready. If there’s an injury, we’re going to fill in,’” Volkanovski said. “I’m healthy all year round. I’m always fight-fit all year round, and my weight’s pretty good all year round, so I’ll go in there prepared. If someone is injured, they’re drawing the short straw, because then they’re going to have a harder matchup in me.”

Regardless, Alex Volkanovski just wants to fight and plans on fighting for the title by year’s end anyway. If it happens to be at UFC 240 then that would be perfect for him, if not he would like it to be as the co-main event to Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker’s title fight at UFC 243 in Australia.

Do you think Alex Volkanovski will be the champion by the end of the year?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/26/2019.

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PHOTO | UFC drops official poster for UFC 240: Holloway vs. Edgar

At UFC 240, scheduled for July 27 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will attempt to defend his title against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. The card will also feature an interesting featherweight fight between former champion Cris Cyborg and rising Canadian contender Felicia Spencer.

On Tuesday afternoon, the promotion dropped the official poster for the UFC 240 card, featuring the scarred mugs of all four aforementioned fighters, shrouded in some kind of green mist.

See it below (via the UFC’s official Twitter account):

Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar were scheduled to fight previously, but their first planned meeting was derailed due to a Holloway injury. In this rescheduled UFC 240 title fight, Holloway will look to rebound from a light loss to Dustin Poirier — his first loss in 13 fights. Edgar, meanwhile, will look to build on the momentum of a 2018 win over Cub Swanson.

Cris Cyborg, on the other hand, will look to bounce back from a shocking knockout loss to Amanda Nunes, which ended a 10-year unbeaten streak. Her opponent Spencer will look to continue her rise after a recent submission defeat of former Invicta featherweight champion Megan Anderson.

In addition to this Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar title fight and Cris Cyborg vs. Felicia Spencer showdown, the UFC 240 will feature a number of other high profile bouts featuring top talent from Canada and further afield.

Here’s the official fight card for the event as it currently stands.

UFC 240 Fight Card:

Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
Cris Cyborg vs. Felicia Spencer
Erik Koch vs. Kyle Stewart
Alexandre Pantoja vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
Alexis Davis vs. Viviane Araujo
Lauren Murphy vs. Mara Romero Borella
Gillian Robertson vs. Sarah Frota
Marc-Andre Barriault vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Tanner Boser vs. Giacomo Lemos
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Armen Tsarukyan

What do you think of the official poster for UFC 240?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/26/2019.

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