ROUNDTABLE: Was booking Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar the right call?

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Frankie Edgar (photo credit Gary A. Vasquez © USA Today Sports)

What do you think of UFC booking Frankie Edgar in a featherweight title fight with Max Holloway? Should someone else have gotten that shot?

Sean Covington, Columnist – Covington’s Corner

I definitely think someone else should have gotten that fight. Frankie has been a has been for years. He’s a good fighter but his day has passed. With that said I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head that is just ready for a title fight at all times. Edgar may be past his prime but there aren’t many fighters like him, even at has been level, Edgar is a great fighter and a contender. Max is going to knock him out but it’ll take a while.

Frank Hyden, Columnist – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It’s not the way I would go, I think Alexander Volkanovski has a better case, but maybe the timing didn’t work out or something? Or the more likely scenario is that the UFC thought Edgar would be more appealing to fans and bring more attention to the fight. Edgar’s not the worst choice but I don’t think he’s the best choice.

Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch Managing Editor

Alexander Volkanovski is the obvious top contender in the featherweight division but there seemed to be a lot of moving parts that led to this decision. First, Frankie Edgar was booked for a featherweight title shot against Max Holloway, twice. Edgar did UFC a solid by taking the Ortega fight last year when he could have sat out and waited. I think UFC is returning the favor here.


UFC likely wanted to get Holloway back in the cage sooner than later, and Volkanovski’s status was unclear immediately after the Aldo fight. Also, UFC is looking to run a stadium show later this year with Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya unifying the middleweight championship. Volkanovski challenging for the featherweight title underneath that would make for a great supporting fight. In order for that to happen, Holloway needs to fight in the summer so he can be ready for fall. So while on the surface it looks like Volkanovski is getting robbed, the big picture benefits everybody, including fans.

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