Frankie Edgar Withdraws from UFC 218 Title Bout vs. Max Holloway Due to Injury

By Tristen Critchfield Nov 8, 2017

Frankie 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 of Anthony Pettis at UFC 206 before stopping Aldo in the third frame at UFC 212 to unify the title.


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