TUESDAY NEWS DIGEST 5/14: Holloway vs. Edgar slated for Edmonton, Aldo comments on ‘bad’ performance, Anderson Silva ‘not dead yet’, McGregor cell phone case dismisssed, more

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Max Holloway (Tom Szczerbowski © USA Today Sports)

Holloway vs. Edgar at UFC 240

ESPN.com is reporting that Max Holloway will defend his featherweight championship against Frankie Edgar at UFC 240 on July 27. Holloway is coming off of a decision loss to Dustin Poirier at lightweight and will be moving back to his home weight to defend his title.

Holloway and Edgar were originally matched up to fight in late 2017 at UFC 218. Edgar was injured and forced out of the bout but the two were quickly rebooked for UFC 222 the following March. Holloway then pulled out of that fight. Instead of waiting around for Holloway to be ready to return, Edgar took a fight with Brian Ortega. Ortega knocked Edgar out in the first round and went on to fight Holloway for the title later in the year.

Edgar has not fought since April of last year, a three-round decision win over Cub Swanson.

No other fights have been announced for UFC 240.

‘Never fought so badly’

Jose Aldo is not happy with his performance at UFC 237 Saturday night. Aldo lost a unanimous decision to Alexander Volkanovski, his fourth loss in seven fights but his first loss in a non-title fight since 2005.

Aldo took to Instagram to share his thoughts on his performance against Volkanovski, and he wasn’t kind to himself.

“I’ve never fought so badly in my life,” Aldo wrote (translated by MMAFighting). “No excuses because that’s not who I am, but I know what I can do and I know my talent, and I can’t do that. Not taking the merits away from my opponent, he did his fight, but I’m upset with myself, and I transfer (all the blame) to myself.”

Many are calling for Aldo to move up to lightweight as his options at featherweight seem to be drying up. UFC is returning to Brazil later this year, and Aldo will want to be part of that show. It just looks like he will need to get his confidence back.


Tuesday Notebook

Anderson Silva also took to Instagram to comment on his UFC 237 loss. “Pain is your friend. It shows you are not dead yet. They say that great symbols become great targets, perhaps. But the most important thing is to not victimize yourself. If you fell, get up. If it’s broken, fix it. No giving up or thinking that you can’t because you lost a battle.”

-The Miami District Attorney commented on the case being dropped against Conor McGregor for smashing a fans cell phone outside a hotel earlier this year. Through his attorney, the alleged victim Ahmed Abdirzak said he’d been “made whole” by McGregor and stopped cooperating with the D.A.’s office. Abdirzak also said through his attorney that he didn’t believe that McGregor “sought to injure or damage him or his property or permanently or temporarily deprive him of his property.” The civil case against McGregor was also dropped last month.

-Neil Magny is out of his UFC Rochester fight with Vicente Luque this coming weekend. UFC is said to be looking for a last minute replacement.

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