UFC Featherweight title contender Frankie Edgar announced on Instagram that he’s injured and won’t be in a position to fight Max Holloway at UFC 218 on December 2nd in Detroit, USA. Now this leaves the main event in jeopardy as the UFC 218 is only three weeks away.
Here are Top Five fighters who could take Frankie Edgar’s spot:
- Jose Aldo:
The former featherweight kingpin went on Twitter to express his desire to fill in the vacant spot so as to get his rematch against Max Holloway. Holloway defeated Aldo at UFC 212 via TKO in the third round. Aldo is already scheduled to face Ricardo Lamas on Dec 16th but if this fight is cancelled then he can definitely get his rematch against Holloway. It’s obvious the UFC can make more money by booking Aldo against Holloway than Ramas, so this bout would be the best option for the UFC if nothing else turns up.
- Cub Swanson:
Swanson has previously fought Holloway and was forced to tap out back in UFC on Fox, April 18, 2015. Swanson has never got a shot at the UFC gold and for a short while it was believed that he could be the next in line for a title shot against the current champion. He is currently on an impressive four fight win streak. Now may be the best opportunity for Swanson to try to avenge his humiliating loss to the champ and also try to become the UFC champion after a struggling career.
- Anthony Pettis:
‘Showtime’ has previously fought Holloway at UFC 206 in an UFC Interim Featherweight title fight where he was ineligible to win the belt as he failed to make the weight. Pettis unfortunately injured his hand during the fight and fell victim to Holloway’s series of strikes that ended his night. Despite the hard weight cuts, Pettis has previously managed to make it 145 pounds division where he successfully beat fellow featherweight Charles Oliveira. It will indeed be a great fight if the two get to lock horns in the cage one more time.
- Conor McGregor:
Conor McGregor was the featherweight champion when he decided to move up in weight class to capture the lightweight title as well. Upon doing so successfully, he made history as he was the only fighter to hold titles in two weight classes simultaneously. However, his dreams were short lived when the UFC stripped him of his featherweight title within two weeks and was handed back to Jose Aldo who was promoted from being an Interim Champion.
Since his super boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather, McGregor has remained inactive and wouldn’t mind taking a fight on short notice if it’s worth the money.
This would be a perfect opportunity for Holloway to avenge his previous loss to McGregor and a perfect opportunity for McGregor to become the only fighter hold titles from two divisions simultaneously again on two separate occasions.
- Urijah Faber:
Faber is the legend in the sport of MMA and has been recently inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Faber was the longest reigning WEC Featherweight Champion with five title defenses, before WEC’s merger with the UFC.
Faber has recently stated that he likes the idea of fighting TJ Dillashaw for the UFC Bantamweight belt. But it would be interesting to see the legendary fighter try his hands once again in the featherweight division and this time for the title.