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This is the third time the UFC has tried to organize a fight between the two men. Edgar had to withdraw because of an injury to UFC 218 and Holloway had to withdraw to UFC 222.

With the recent rise of Australia’s Alexander Volkanovski, Edgar’s choice as the next contender for the title has raised many eyebrows, but Holloway defended the legitimacy of the fight at a recent scrum.

“Frankie, it’s Frankie. If you do not give this guy the respect he deserves … He did the unthinkable in a higher division when he was much smaller than most of his opponents. I can not wait to face him. This is the kind of fight that excites me. The guy is a legend and to me he is a future Hall of Fame member. I have the greatest respect for him. “

In the semi-finals of the night, Canada’s Felicia Spencer will try to hit another big shot as she battles Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino.

Spencer (7-0) made a grand entrance to the UFC in May by bidding Australian Megan Anderson. The challenge she is now facing is of a different magnitude.

“Cyborg” (20-2, 1 NC) has long been surrounded by an impenetrable aura of invincibility. Between 2005 and 2018, she had 20 consecutive wins (a 21st was overthrown after she failed an anti-doping test). Her armor was finally broken last December when she was knocked out in less than a minute by Amanda Nunes.

The dangerous Brazilian promises to make life difficult for Spencer, a Montrealer who moved to Florida at the age of 18. The neglected black belt in taekwondo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu has won four of its last five bouts per bid.

Barriault (11-2) is back in the octagon only two months after losing to Andrew Sanchez in his very first fight at the UFC. The test he faces in his second lap is all one: Jotko (20-4) is a veteran who has twice as many fights on his record as his opponent in Quebec and shows a record of 7-4 in from the organization of Dana White.

“He’s confident, he certainly wants to show he has experience,” Barriault responded after Jotko tried to intimidate him in their first face-to-face. He is not lucky enough to have the strength I have, so he will surely count on his speed and volume. But I can break that with one punch. We will place it, we will prepare it and it will fall. “

In a series of 13 consecutive wins before UFC 236, the Hawaiian had the record in sight. Now he is starting from scratch. While a final climb among lightweights seems inevitable, Holloway can still clean its natural category. After the Stephens, Swanson, Lamas, Aldo (twice) and Ortega, affording Edgar would look like icing on the cake. Then Volkanovski and Magomedsharipov will be waiting for him. There will always be another challenger.UFC 240 will see the return of Max Holloway in his featherweight class against veteran Frankie Edgar. We explain everything you need to know about this event.

The UFC 240 main card will be launched by Quebecers Marc-André Barriault and Olivier Aubin-Mercier, who will face Poland’s Krzsyztif Jotko and Russia’s Arman Tsarukyan respectively.