With that said, UFC President Dana White seems to have other ideas. The brash UFC boss recently stated that the promotion intends to have Tony Ferguson be the next man to challenge Khabib Nurmgagomedov for his lightweight title.
Earlier this week UFC President Dana White announced that the promotion was aiming to have current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway (18-3 MMA) make his first title defense against former lightweight title holder Frankie Edgar later this year.
“We’re looking at Frankie Edgar, but we don’t know where.” White stated. “Absolutely. (it will happen before the end of the year)”.
The proud Hawaiian, Holloway, had been campaigning for the UFC to hold an event in his backyard of Hawaii.
Unfortunately for fight fans in the Aloha State, the UFC appears to have different plans for “Blessed”, as Holloway shared the following message on social media just moments ago.
Max Holloway was last seen in action at June’s UFC 212 pay-per-view event in Brazil, where he defeated Jose Aldo via third-round TKO to become the UFC’s undisputed featherweight champion.
Meanwhile, Frankie Edgar (22-5-1 MMA) was last seen in action at May’s UFC 211 payer-per-view event in Dallas where he scored a second-round TKO victory over surging division contender Yair Rodriguez.
Prior to his victory over “El Pantera”, Edgar defeated Jeremy Stephens via unanimous decision at November’s UFC 205 pay-per-view event in New York.
If Max Holloway’s post does prove to be true, UFC 217 would also showcase a bantamweight title fight featuring current champion Cody Garbrandt taking on former title holder and former training partner TJ Dillashaw.
TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt served as coaches on Season 25 of The Ultimate Fighter and were expected to square off at last weekend’s UFC 213 event in Las Vegas.
However, “No Love” was forced out of the slated title fight due to a back injury and their bitter rivalry was forced to be put on hold.
Cody Garbrandt was last seen in action at December’s UFC 207 event where he scored a lopsided decision victory over Dominick Cruz to claim the UFC’s bantamweight title.
Garbrandt’s victory over “The Dominator” served as his sixth straight win under the UFC banner and improved his overall record to a perfect 11-0.
Meanwhile, since losing his title to Dominick Cruz in January of 2016, TJ Dillashaw has rattled off two impressive decision victories over perennial division contenders Raphael Assuncao and John Lineker.
What do you think of these two proposed title fights for UFC 217?