Max Holloway will look to defend his featherweight title against Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC 240 in Edmonton this July. That being said, many thought Alex Volkanovski would get the title shot against Holloway after he beat Jose Aldo.
In the end, the UFC decided on Edgar which leaves the Aussie on the sidelines awaiting the winner of the fight. But given the stakes of this featherweight title bout, Alex Volkanovski says he plans on being in Edmonton in case anything happens.
If the fight does go ahead as planned, Volkanovski believes Bruce Buffer will say “And Still” at the end of the night — in a closer fight than many expect.
“I’m looking at this. Look, I think Max will get the job done, but in saying that, I still think Frankie’s going to give problems,” Volkanovski said on the latest stacked episode of BJPENN.com radio. “Unless Frankie’s fallen off so much. Obviously, it’s been a while since he’s fought. Obviously, he’s not getting any younger. It really depends on that, I think.
“But I know that a couple of years ago, Frankie would’ve gave Max serious problems. Again, he’s got a high pace. You’re not really going to wear him out. He’s usually got a good gas tank, high pace as well,” Volkanovski continued. “Then he’s got the wrestling to back it up. I mean that sort of style that Max likes to use, I think Frankie could definitely shut some of that down. I think Max will play into Frankie’s world as well. But Max is a very high level, and he could definitely find he can adapt as well. He could definitely find a way to finish Frankie I think or win a decision. But unless Frankie’s fallen right off, I’m expecting a pretty competitive fight.”
As of right now, the current odds have Holloway as a -360 favorite and Edgar as a +300 underdog. But, if Alex Volkanovski is right, the fight is much closer than that and Edgar shouldn’t be counted out.
Who do you think will win the fight between Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar? Do you agree with this prediction from Alex Volkanovski?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/19/2019.