Former UFC lightweight kingpin Frankie Edgar will have his latest opportunity to once again be called champion. The veteran Octagon fighter is slated to face UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway in the main event at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich., with the two facing off for the 145-pound title. Rumored for the past several weeks, the news was confirmed on ESPN’s SportsCenter Tuesday evening.
Holloway comes into the bout riding one of the lengthiest winning streaks in UFC history, having been victorious in his last 11 trips to the Octagon. He last stepped into the cage at UFC 212 in June, extending his remarkable streak with a dominant TKO victory over former champion Jose Aldo in enemy territory. Holloway was the interim champion in that contest, winning that title in a victory over former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 206 last December. “Blessed” hasn’t been defeated since August 2013, last losing to Conor McGregor in what was the Irishman’s second bout as a member of the UFC roster.
Edgar, meanwhile, looks to finally seize featherweight gold in what will be his third attempt at doing so. His first shot came in his divisional debut at UFC 156 in 2013, dropping a unanimous decision to Aldo following a storied run at 155 pounds. He put together five consecutive wins before meeting Aldo again at UFC 200 last summer, this time falling short in his pursuit of claiming the interim title (later promoted to actual title).
Also slated for UFC 218 is a heavyweight clash between former title challenger Alistair Overeem and rising contender Francis Ngannou.