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Holloway to have all the answers? Get UFC 240 tips for Saturday

Leigh Copson 26 Jul 2019
Max Holloway (left) in action (credit:Igor Vidyashev/Zuma Press/PA Images)

UFC 240 predictions for Saturday, July 27. Can Max Holloway make another successful defence of his UFC featherweight title when he defends against Frankie Edgar, and will Cris Cyborg make a return to winning ways at the expense of Felicia Spencer? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips for UFC 240.

Max Holloway v Frankie Edgar

Max Holloway’s five-year, 13-year unbeaten streak was brought to a halt in April as he failed to become a two-weight champion, losing to Dustin Poirier for the second time in his career. Holloway tapped out to ‘The Diamond’ in the first round when the two men fought seven years ago, but since that night ‘Blessed’ has grown in leaps and bounds to become the number one featherweight on the planet, and many fancied him to avenge that loss and add the interim lightweight title to the 145lb crown already in his possession. That did not happen.

Holloway rocked Poirier early on, but ‘The Diamond’ recovered well and the two men then went toe-to-toe the rest of the way, leaving the judges with the task of determining the winner after a five-round war. Poirier got the nod from all three, 49-46 49-46 49-46, and afterwards a battered and bruised Holloway graciously congratulated his conqueror. It was a disappointing night for him, but it was another outing that earned him great credit and he will now return to his regular weight class with the ambition of cementing his status as the best in the world at 145lb.

Providing the opposition for Holloway at UFC 240 is ex-lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, who is bidding to become featherweight champion at the third attempt. ‘The Answer’ dropped down to 145lbs in 2013 after he lost the lightweight title to Benson Henderson and then lost the rematch, and he was immediately handed a crack at the featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, in his debut. Edgar was unable to dethrone the talented Brazilian on that night, but he bounced back with five straight victories to storm right into title contention again, only to lose an interim title fight with that man Aldo once again.

Since then he has gone 3-1 to stick around in the top five in the featherweight ranks, but the decision to hand him a shot at the belt has been questioned. After all, it was just one year ago that he was taken out inside one round by Brian Ortega and since that night he has fought just once, beating a fighter who is not even ranked in the lightweight division. Whether or not that warranted a title shot is a moot point – Edgar will fight for the featherweight title and he will aim to make it third time lucky. But can we really see ‘The Answer’ being able to solve the Holloway riddle at 145lbs?

Holloway may have lost last time out, but that defeat at 155lbs has no effect on the confidence I have in him to get the job done here, now that he is back in his regular division. The 27-year-old Hawaiian remains one of the most talented and toughest fighters on the planet and his incredible striking ability will be too much for the smaller Edgar to handle. I expect Holloway to do what he has done to the likes of Jose Aldo (twice), Brian Ortega and Anthony Pettis – he will beat up the challenger and then put him out of his misery, probably in the championship rounds.

Cris Cyborg v Felicia Spencer

Cris Cyborg finds herself in an unfamiliar position heading into this fight – she is looking to get back on track after a defeat. Prior to her quickfire knockout loss at the hands of Amanda Nunes last December, the experienced Brazilian had not lost a fight since her professional debut back in 2005. She had torn through just about every single opponent that had been put in front of her, making her one of the most feared fighters on the planet, but one fighter who did not fear her was Nunes. The women’s bantamweight champion stepped up to featherweight, blasted out Cyborg in just 51 seconds and headed home with the 145lb crown in her possession.

It was incredible stuff from Nunes, but has she destroyed the aura that surrounded Cyborg prior to that fight? Some fighters are never the same after suffering a defeat of that nature, but I am confident that the ex-champion will not have been broken mentally by a very rare defeat. She is still one of the most dominant fighters on the planet – male or female – and I believe she will bounce back by taking out former Invicta FC champion Felicia Spencer here.

Spencer enjoyed an impressive debut as she beat Megan Anderson in the first round back in May, but facing Cyborg is an entirely different proposition. If she cannot get the Brazilian to the mat then she is in a world of trouble because she simply cannot match her opponent in the stand-up game, both in terms of technique and fight-stopping power. Cyborg will want to make a statement in her first outing since that loss and I expect it to be a violent one as she prevents Spencer from taking her to the mat, beats her up and knocks her out.

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