By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway gets a new opponent and will still be defending his title at UFC 218 on December 2 in Detroit, Michigan.
The news was reported by MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani.
Holloway was originally slated to make his first title defense against former lightweight title holder Frankie Edgar at the event. However, “The Answer” was forced to pull out of the contest Wednesday afternoon due to injury.
Shortly after the news that Frankie Edgar had been forced off of the December 2 fight card, Max Holloway took to social media where he stated his intention to remain on the Detroit fight card.
“Injuries are part of this fight game. Frankie [Edgar]’s the man. I wish him a speedy recovery. Detroit, you guys are a bunch of tough motherf-ckers. I met many of you last month when we visited. You guys deserve the best fight card of the year and you’re still gonna’ get it. I’m fighting no matter what. Santa is still coming early to Detroit, so get ready. Malice in the palace part two if we have to. I’ll see you soon.”
The Hawaiian champion, Holloway, was most recently seen in action at June’s UFC 212 event in Brazil, where he earned a third-round TKO victory over Jose Aldo to become the UFC’s undisputed featherweight champion of the world.
As for Holloway’s newly announced opponent, Jose Aldo and Holloway last fought at UFC 212 where the Hawaiian successfully unified the UFC featherweight titles. Now, his first defense of the unified belt will be against the former king of the division himself.
Who do you think will win when Max Holloway and Jose Aldo square off on December 2 in Detroit? Sound of PENN Nation!