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Jose Aldo is reportedly set to switch the injured Frankie Edgar for a featherweight championship battle towards Max Holloway within the UFC 218 major occasion Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting handed alongside phrase of the cardboard change Saturday. The battle will probably be rematch of their bout at UFC 212 on June three, which Holloway received by third-round technical knockout to win the title.
Edgar was pressured to withdraw from the occasion this week due to a fractured orbital bone, per Steven Marrocco of MMAjunkie.
In July, Aldo praised Holloway as a “true champion” and took a shot at former featherweight titleholder Conor McGregor throughout an interview with Gabriel Monteiro Torres of AGFight.
“He is the true champion; he has his first defense to do,” he stated. “McGregor has never been a champion of anything. He has won the championship and then has left. A true champion has to defend [the belt]. I’m happy that Holloway is the champion. He’s a good guy who did it because he deserves to be where he is.”
Holloway put collectively one of the vital full performances of his profession within the first badembly with Aldo, who was 25-1 in his MMA profession earlier than losses to McGregor and the 25-year-old rising star over his final three fights. He did rating a unanimous-decision victory over Edgar between these defeats.
“[Aldo] had everything I wanted. He had the long reign,” Holloway informed reporters after his UFC 212 win. “Now it’s time for the ‘Blessed’ era. Nothing but respect for the man. He’s been the champ, and it showed today why he was on top for so long, so nothing but congratulations to him. But this is a new era.”
The speedy rematch will give the Hawaii native a chance to again up these feedback with a second straight victory over the longtime champ.
Meanwhile, Aldo is taking the battle on brief discover however nonetheless has three weeks to arrange as he makes an attempt to regain his throne atop the featherweight division.