WATCH: Max Holloway Puts Striking Clinic on Frankie Edgar

By Dazzler

Can Anybody Stop Max Holloway at Featherweight? Blessed Put on a Clinical Performance to Take a Clear Decision Against The Answer…

Folks, Max Holloway is just an unbelievable fighter. After his step up to lightweight against Dustin Poirier didn’t go the way he wanted it to, there were a lot of questions about his mindset going into this one against Frankie Edgar. The pair were headlining UFC Edmonton in Alberta Canada.

When it came down to it, nobody was that upset that Frankie Edgar ended up getting his title shot after all. ‘The Answer’ is a legend of the game, and even though Alexander Volkanovski was more deserving on paper, Holloway v Edgar turned out to be worth the wait. We might not have got a finish, but we did get a clinical striking performance.

Check out the highlights and full breakdown of this fight between modern-day legends of the game.

Clinical

Some analysts – and one of the judges – gave Frankie Edgar the first round for sheer activity. He came out firing as Holloway started slow. However, nothing he landed was particularly devastating and ‘Blessed’ seem to be getting valuable reads on the veteran, as he started to find ‘The Answer’ with some vicious uppercuts.

Holloway put the intensity up in the second round. Edgar did manage to get inside a few times, but ‘Blessed’ began to throw with more power, visibly busting up Edgar’s nose. His timing and precision were out of this world, as he went on his way to landing more than 100 strikes for the 9th time in his career, an unbelievable statistic.

Composed

Edgar struggled to find the answer to Holloway’s ability to read his game. He continued to apply pressure to the Hawaiian in the third but was unable to take him down to the ground. ‘Blessed’ was pumping his jab and at one point cracked Edgar with a savage combination that had the former lightweight champion rocked up against the fence, however, he was unable to find the finish.

In round four, Holloway truly opened up. He let loose with his hands, firing like pistons. The jab was pumping and the blood began to pour from Edgar’s nose as he continued to come forward like the warrior he is. For Holloway, this wasn’t a fight. It was a chess match and he was beginning to dissect Edgar.

That was the story of the fifth as well. Edgar did manage to get inside, landing some hard shots to the body but he wasn’t able to make Holloway pay. The champion cut all sorts of angles to remain unpredictable and snatch a well-deserved win.

GOAT?

You can talk all you want about GOAT status, Jose Aldo went unbeaten for ten years so we’re still inclined to say the Brazilian remains the all-time featherweight great for now. But Holloway is well on his way to reaching that hallowed ground.

Now it looks like he’ll be taking on the dangerous Australian Alexander Volkanovski. ‘The Great’ might not have the glamour of an Aldo or an Edgar fight, but he could be the Hawaiian’s most dangerous opponent yet.