We’re still trying to catch our breath from hearing the news. Frankie Edgar finally got another shot at UFC featherweight gold in a super hyped scrap with Max Holloway at UFC 218. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen. Edgar has to undergo surgery due to an injury to his face and had to pull-out of the contest. He has just issued a statement on his Instagram about the removal from the event and seems to be in good spirits given the circumstances. While the injury hasn’t been specified yet, it looks like it may have something to do with Edgar’s eye in the photo, perhaps an orbital.
“Hit with a minor setback but should be back to full contact in six weeks or so. Thanks to the UFC for always having my back. Max I’ll see you down the road.” — Frankie Edgar on his official Instagram.
The great news is that it seems like Frankie Edgar will not be out that long at all. Whether the UFC plan on keeping Max Holloway on the card given Edgar’s seemingly quick turnaround hasn’t been confirmed are not, but early word is he is staying on the card. Either way, that doesn’t matter to all of the featherweight fighters who will be scratching and clawing for the opportunity to step-in and fight Holloway for the featherweight title though.
Cub Swanson has already thrown his hat into the Octagon, eager to avenge his 2015 loss to the champ and seems to be in the frontrunner to actually get the shot. We’ll keep you updated as more and more challengers speak up for their shot at UFC 218.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 11/8/2017.