Two of the UFC’s youngest and brightest stars in the featherweight division will battle it out in a five round main event to be held in Canada. Max Holloway will face Charles Oliveira in a bout that could pole-vault the winner into the top of the contender’s list of the featherweight division. The fight is expected to take place on Sunday, August 23 at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatchewan, Canada and will air live on Fox Sports 1.
Holloway (13-3) is coming off the biggest win of his career when he defeated perennial contender Cub Swanson with a submission back in April. The win was Holloway’s sixth in a row and placed him at number 5 in the official UFC featherweight rankings. His last loss came to Conor McGregor in August of 2013 and though it was a lost it should be noted that Holloway was the only man to go the distance against McGregor.
Oliveira (20-4) is currently riding a four-fight win streak with his latest win coming at the expense of Nik Lentz. The 25-year-old Brazilian submitted Lentz with a guillotine choke in the third round of their bout and during this post fight interview he asked the UFC brass to be place him against the top of the division. Oliveira is currently ranked seventh in the featherweight division and his last loss was against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. The loss was by a unanimous decision but the fact that Oliveira was able to survive 15 minutes with Edgar was a testament to his skill level.
Both Holloway and Oliveira debuted in the UFC while in their early twenties. Fans have seen the progression and maturity of both fighters and now that both men are entering their mid-twenties it is time for them to take the next step in their evolution as fighters and become serious contenders in the featherweight division and this fight will do exactly that for both men.