EDMONTON, Alberta — Max Holloway is back at featherweight and ready to defend his title.
The reigning champion successfully hit the 145-pound mark at Friday’s weigh-ins for his main event bout with Frankie Edgar at UFC 240 this Saturday at Rogers Place. Edgar also successfully weighed in at 145 pounds.
This is Holloway’s first featherweight booking since December 2018. Earlier this year, he made a one-fight move to lightweight to battle Dustin Poirier for an interim title. Holloway lost by submission to Poirier in his UFC debut on Feb. 4, 2012 and in their rematch at UFC 236 in April, Poirier again defeated Holloway, this time via a five-round unanimous decision.
Holloway has never officially missed weight for a UFC bout and has successfully made 145 pounds for four previous title bouts. However, the cut has historically been difficult for the 5-foot-11 fighter.
In April of last year, Holloway was removed from a lightweight title bout opposite Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 when the New York State Athletic Commission deemed him unfit to compete due to the severity of his weight cut. Holloway had stepped in as a short-notice replacement for an injured Tony Ferguson and would have had to hit 155 pounds on less than one week’s notice.
UFC 240 marks Holloway’s third scheduled defense of the featherweight championship, while Edgar, a former UFC lightweight champion, is challenging for a featherweight title for the third time.
Top contender Alexander Volkanovski also successfully weighed in at 144.5 pounds as a potential replacement for either main event participant.
Check out the full UFC 240 weigh-in results here.