The UFC has officially announced Frankie Edgar will get his crack at UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway.
— UFC (@ufc) January 9, 2018
UFC 222 will take place on March 3 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. This headline fight was originally booked for UFC 218 in December but was called off when Edgar was forced to withdraw with a broken orbital bone.
Instead, Holloway comprehensively defeated Edgar’s replacement in UFC featherweight legend Jose Aldo in their rematch in Detroit.
Holloway’s third-round TKO win over Aldo at UFC 218 helped the Hawaiian be named the UFC’s “Fighter of the Year” in 2017.
And your 2017 Fighter of the Year goes to …
"The man with the most finishes, wins and the longest winning streak in UFC featherweight history."
— UFC (@ufc) January 8, 2018
Thanks to his injury, Edgar hasn’t fought since UFC 211 last May. That was a successful outing for the New Jersey native, who pummeled talented featherweight Yair Rodriguez enough to earn a second-round TKO victory.
UFC 222 is already shaping up to be an interesting card, featuring the Octagon debut of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu talent Mackenzie Dern.
The UFC 222 card so far:
(C) Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar – for the UFC featherweight title
C.B. Dollaway vs. Hector Lombard
Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath
Andrei Arlovski vs. Stefan Struve
Mackenzie Dern vs. Ashley Yoder