The bout will be Holloway's second title defense since he unified the featherweight championship with a knockout win over former champion Jose Aldo at UFC 212 last June. He then successfully defended the unified belt in a rematch against Aldo at UFC 218 in December. Overall, the Hawaiian fighter will be going for his 13th straight win. He hasn't been defeated since losing a unanimous decision to Conor McGregor at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen in 2013. You can watch his remarks after his most recent victory by playing the video above.
Holloway was originally supposed to face Frankie Edgar on that UFC 218 card before injury forced Edgar to withdraw from the fight and be replaced by Aldo. Now the former lightweight champion will get his opportunity to reclaim the belt. Edgar won the lightweight title in 2010 and retained it through three subsequent fights before losing the belt to Benson Henderson in 2012. He'll come into UFC 222 on a two-fight win streak, and ranked as the No. 2 featherweight in the UFC.
The UFC 222 fight card also includes C.B. Dollaway fighting Hector Lombard, about between Stefan Struve and Andrei Arlovski, and highly touted MMA prospect Mackenzie Dern making her UFC debut against Ashley Yoder.
But the headliner is the fight to watch, and not just because there's a championship on the line. Max Holloway has been on a tear through the UFC for more than four years, with his last three fights ending in third-round knockouts. Frankie Edgar may not have the sheer power of Holloway, but the former wrestler is a stalwart fighter who has as much heart as anyone and never gives an inch in the Octagon. UFC 222 is a battle between two of the sport's fan favorites, and only one of them will walk out of the cage as a champion.
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