Waianae’s Max “Blessed” Holloway will defend his title against Frankie “The Answer” Edgar at UFC 218 in Detroit, the organization’s featherweight champion confirmed to KHON2 sports director Rob DeMello Tuesday.
Holloway (18-3, 14-3 UFC) had been undergoing contract negotiations with the UFC since his 145 lb. title win over Jose Aldo in June.
The bout is expected to headline the event, which is slated for Dec. 2 in Detroit, Michigan. The booking puts any hope of a UFC Hawaii event on hold to 2018, as local promoter TJ Thompson and state senator Glenn Wakai predicted to KHON2 earlier this year.
“It’s going to be another cold winter, but I think we’re going to heat things up when we get over there. I don’t mind. I got no excuses. I had to go to Brazil to win this damn thing. I’ll go anywhere else to defend it. That’s what kings do,” Holloway told KHON2. “Detroit is here for the taking, so I’m ready to sink my teeth over there. Two fights in a row, I get to fight former champions. I’ve been wanting to fight this guy for years and get one back for Hawaii. The opportunity is finally here. It’s for a golden belt. You know, you guys go ahead and go and think, believe whoever the next guy is going to be. Go figure that out, because I’m going to go out there, figure out Frankie, do my stuff, and let me know who the next guy is to beat me.”
Edgar (22-5-1, 16-5-1 UFC) is the former lightweight champion of the UFC. He beat Hilo’s BJ Penn for the title back in 2010, defeating him again for a rematch for the title later that year, and winning the trilogy in 2014.
The 25-year-old Holloway is riding a 13 fight winning streak dating back to 2014. His last loss came via decision to current lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
Makaha’s Yancy Medeiros (14-4, 5-4 UFC) also booked a bout at UFC 218 Tuesday afternoon. The welterweight (170 lb.) contender will face Brazil’s Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira (17-4-1, 7-2 UFC).
Maui’s women’s strawweight 12th-ranked Cortney Casey will also be featured on the card. Casey (7-4, 3-3 UFC) will take on 9th ranked Felice Herrig (13-6, 4-1 UFC).