The Featherweight Championship: Max “Blessed” Holloway vs Frankie “The Answer” Edgar

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Max ‘’Blessed’’ Holloway ( -400 Favorite )

MMA Record: 20 – 4 – 0

Age: 27

Height: 1.8m

Weight: 145lbs

Reach: 175.3cm

Country: Hawaii

Strongest attributes: Boxing. Pressure Fighting, Submissions

Max Holloway Overview

Max ‘’Blessed’’ Holloway, although coming off a decision loss in an interim lightweight title bout vs Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier, is still on a 13-fight winning streak at Featherweight, and if you ask me, there seems to be no end in sight, there aint no stopping the blessed express! Anyone who knows Max`s approach on how to take a loss could only imagine that he will re-group and come back stronger than ever. I firmly believe that Holloway will try to make a statement in this featherweight title defense, but that is a tremendous challenge when you consider Frankie Edgard’s constant pressure and threats from all areas of the fight.

Frankie ‘’The Answer’’ Edgar ( +300 Underdog):

MMA Record: 23 – 6 – 1

Age: 37

Height: 1.68m

Weight: 145lbs

Reach: 172.7cm

Country: U.S.A.

Strongest attributes: Boxing, Wrestling, Body-lock takedowns.

Frankie Edgar Overview

This former UFC Lightweight champion boasts victories of some of the best MMA talent across two eras. The last time this fighter won a championship, he dethroned Hawaiian MMA legend BJ Penn and followed up with a title defense vs the same fighter. Frankie’s relentless pace and ability to control where the fight goes will be a very tuff challenge for Max Holloway, who looks to keep his featherweight win streak going strong. Frankie Edgar knows deep down that this will probably be his last shot at UFC gold and will do everything in his ability to get the victory in this, the most important fight of his career, one in which, if he wins, will permanently cement his legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time.

Fight Overview

When it comes to UFC 240’s main event, we are talking about a fight which was already meant to happen twice in the past, but never came to fruition due to Edgard being injured the first time they were matched up, and Holloway having suffered an injury the 2nd time around. Finally, after many attempts by the UFC to book this featherweight bout, it is finally happening. In this matchup I expect nothing less than constant pressure paired with relentless pace coming from both fighters during the entire bout. Both fighters are known for their durability and cardio. With so many similarities between these two fighters, I believe that age will be the deciding factor in this match.

Prediction: Holloway via Decision

Co-Main Event: Cris Cyborg vs Felicia Spencer

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Cris Cyborg ( -650 Favorite ):

MMA Record: 20 – 2 – 0 – 1NC

Age: 34

Height: 1.73m

Weight: 145lbs

Reach: 172.7

Country: Brazil

Strongest attributes: KO Power, Brawler, Ground and Pound

Cris Cyborg Overview:

Cristiane Santos, better known as “Cyborg” is probably the most devastating striker to ever come out of women’s MMA and is always looking for a finish. She did not get the result she was looking for in her last bout which was a women’s featherweight title defense vs Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes, arguably the greatest female MMA fighter of all time. Nunes shocked the world when she beat Cyborg via first round KO. It is also notable that Cyborg is on the last fight of her UFC contract. Although she is facing an undefeated, ex Invicta FC Champion in Felicia Spencer, Cyborg will be entering this fight with one goal, get back in the win column, and do so in spectacular fashion.

Felicia Spencer ( +425 Underdog ) :

MMA Record: 7 – 0 – 0

Age: 28

Height: 1.68m

Weight: 145lbs

Reach: 172.7cm

Country: Canada

Strongest Attributes: Grappling, Ground and Pound, submissions.

Felicia Spencer Overview:

Felicia Spencer is a lifelong martial artist and most recent Invicta FC Featherweight champion. She relinquished that title to take her shot at MMA’s toughest proving grounds, the UFC. With her eyes set on UFC gold, Spencer will be looking to take Cris Cyborg to the ground as quickly as possible to avoid taking damage on the feet. Once she is there she will go for her strongest submission, which is her rear-naked choke, which she has used to defeat her last 3 opponents.

Fight Overview:

Cris Cyborg will undoubtedly be Spencer’s most dangerous adversary to date and the question beckons whether she can survive Cyborg’s heavy barrage of strikes in the opening seconds of the fight. If Spencer is unable to take the fight to the ground, and keep it there, we could easily be looking at a classic Cyborg KO or TKO victory.

Prediction: Cyborg via R1 KO/TKO

Other Main Card Fights

Geoff “Handz of Steel” Neal VS Niko “The Hybrid” Price

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Geoff ‘’Handz of Steel’’ Neal ( -330 Favorite ):

MMA Record: 11 – 2 – 0

Age: 28

Height: 1.8m

Weight: 170lbs

Reach: 190.5cm

Country: USA

Strongest attributes: High-level Stand-up fighter, Devastating Head Kicks, Rear naked Choke.

Geoff Neal Overview:

Neal is a fighter who made his way into the UFC via season one of Dana White’s Tuesday night Contender Series. Ever since winning his DWTNCS debut and getting signed to the UFC, Neal has gone on to secure 3 more victories, first via rear naked choke submission vs Brain Camozzi, second via and devastatingly violent head kick KO vs a durable opponent in Frank Camacho, and third via unanimous decision vs Belal Muhammad in January of this year.

Niko ‘’The Hybrid’’ Price ( +285 Underdog):

MMA Record: 13 – 2 – 0

Age: 29

Height: 1.83m

Weight: 170lbs

Reach: 193cm

Country: USA

Strongest attributes: Unpredictable fighting style, Brawler, Dangerous in all areas (Stand up/ Clinch/ Ground), Multiple Round 1 KO victories.

Niko Price Overview:

This fighter is a one-man wrecking machine and goes in for the kill from the very first bell. His unpredictable fighting style matched up with his relentless pressure is what makes him so hard to deal with. Price does his best to not give his opponents a chance to figure him out and forces them into a brawl. It is also noteworthy that in his most recent bout, he became the first man to knock out Tim Means, a durable UFC . If he doesn’t knock his opponent out clean, he will follow them to the ground and look for their neck.

Fight Overview:

In this striker vs brawler matchup there will be fireworks. The deciding factor is this bout will be whether Geoff Neal can cope with the unpredictable and unrelenting attacks from The Hybrid, Niko Price. If he can, then I see a possibility of Geoff Neal getting a KO in round 2. However if he is unable to withstand the attack, then I can easily see Niko Price getting an early finish.

Fight Prediction: Niko Price via R2 KO/TKO

Olivier Aubin-Mercier VS Arman Tsarukyan

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Olivier Aubin-Mercier ( +170 Underdog ):

MMA Record: 11 – 4 – 0

Age: 30

Height: 1.75m

Weight: 155lbs

Reach: 179.1cm

Country: Canada

Strongest attributes: Rear Naked Choke, Wrestling, Submission specialist, Knee Strikes, Ability to control the pace of a fight.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier Overview:

You would never think Aubin-Mercier was an MMA fighter if you saw him walking down the street, but the man is living proof that looks can deceive. This Canadian hipster is dangerous in every facet of MMA and has finished his past opponents using various techniques from Muay Thai to Jiu Jitsu. And most importantly, his strong wrestling base.

Arman Tsarukyan ( -200 Favorite ):

MMA Record: 13 – 2 – 0

Age: 22

Height: 1.7m

Weight: 155lbs

Reach: 184.2cm

Country: Armenia / Russia

Strongest attributes: Strong submission skills, Freestyle Wrestling, Uses striking to set up finishes.

Arman Tsarukyan Overview:

This Armenian born UFC prospect did not have it easy when being introduced to the sports biggest stage. His 12 fight winning streak came to a half in his UFC debut when he faced Islam Makhachev at UFC Fight Night St Petersburg on the 20th of April 2019. This does not mean that all hope is lost, but he has another tough test ahead of him in Olivier Aubin-Mercier. This is surely the most crucial fight of Arman’s career as a 2’nd loss could easily see him being released from the world’s most popular MMA promotion.

Fight Overview:

I think Aubin-Mercier’s ability to stuff takedowns will be the deciding factor in this fight, both fighters are strong wrestlers as well as strikers, but I feel that Olivier’s octagon experience and ability to control the fight wherever it goes will be his key to getting his hand raised in his home country.

Fight Prediction: Aubin Mercier via Judges Decision

Marc-Andre ‘’Power Bar’’ Bariault VS Krzysztof Jotko

Tale of the Tape:

Marc-Andre ‘’Power Bar’’ Barriault ( + 140 Underdog ):

MMA Record: 11 – 2 – 0

Age: 29

Height: 1.85m

Weight: 185lbs

Reach: 188cm

Country: Canada

Strongest attributes: Brawler, Power Punches.

Marc-Andre ‘’Power Bar’’ Barriault Overview:

Coming off a loss in his debut on the big stage at UFC on ESPN+ 9, Barriault will be looking to get back in the winning column in his home country. He was on a 10 fight winning streak before entering the UFC. If Marc-Andre loses this fight vs Jotko, he could risk getting cut by the UFC.

Krzysztof Jotko ( – 170 Favorite ):

MMA Record: 20 – 4 – 0

Age: 29

Height: 1.83m

Weight: 170lbs

Reach: 193cm

Country: Poland

Strongest attributes: Relentless Pace, Kick Boxing, Octagon Control. 

Krzysztof Jotko Overview:

A Polish middleweight powerhouse who has been in the UFC since 2013. This fighter has 7 wins in the UFC alone and will be looking to get a winning streak going following his most recent victory over Alen Amedovski. As you can see in the image below, Jotko was fired up at the media day face-off’s.

Fight Overview:

I believe that Jotko’s long experience in the UFC will be the deciding factor in this bout and he will have the ability to out-land Barriault to a decision victory.

Fight Prediction: Krzysztof Jotko via Judges Decision

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