Frankie Edgar Withdraws from UFC 218 Title Bout vs. Max Holloway Due to Injury
By: Tristen Critchfield Nov 8, 2017
Edgar’s third featherweight title shot will have to wait.
According to a report from Brazilian media outlet
Combate, Edgar suffered a “facial injury” in training and will
need surgery, forcing him to withdraw from the UFC
218 headliner against reigning 145-pound king Max
Holloway. Multiple outlets have since confirmed Edgar’s exit
from the bout. The UFC is reportedly looking for a replacement
opponent for Holloway.
UFC 218 takes place at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit on Dec. 2
and also features a key heavyweight showdown between Alistair
Overeem and Francis
Ngannou in the evening’s co-main event.
The 36-year-old Edgar has won seven of his last eight UFC
appearances and is coming off back-to-back triumphs over Yair
Rodriguez and Jeremy
Stephens. “The Answer” has twice challenged for 145-pound gold,
losing a five-round verdict to Jose Aldo at
UFC 200 for the interim strap and another five-round decision to
Aldo for the undisputed belt at UFC 156.
Holloway, meanwhile, won the interim crown with a third-round TKO
Pettis at UFC 206 before stopping Aldo in the third frame at
UFC 212 to unify the title.