A thrilling featherweight title bout between champion Max Holloway and No. 2-ranked contender Frankie Edgar headlines the first UFC event at T-Mobile Arena in 2018. UFC 222: HOLLOWAY vs. EDGAR takes place on Saturday, March 3 and will be available live on Pay-Per-View.
Recently voted top fighter of 2017 by UFC fans, Holloway (19-3, fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii) extended his win streak to 12 with a pair of TKO victories over all-time great Jose Aldo last year. During his spectacular run, he’s also defeated former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis, Ricardo Lamas, Jeremy Stephens, Charles Oliveira and Cub Swanson. With his first successful title defense under his belt, Holloway now begins his quest to establish himself as one of the greatest champions in UFC history.
Standing in his way is former lightweight titleholder Edgar (21-5-1, fighting out of Toms River, N.J.). Originally set to challenge Holloway in December before being sidelined by injury, Edgar aims to become only the fifth fighter to win championships in two UFC divisions. Known for his fast-paced style and iron chin, he has earned impressive wins over Yair Rodriguez, Chad Mendes, Urijah Faber, Gray Maynard and two-division champ B.J. Penn. With the history books in his sights, Edgar plans to stop the surging Holloway in his tracks.
The tallest fighter on the UFC roster at 6’11½”, Struve (32-9, fighting out of Beverwijk, The Netherlands) is also among the most dangerous finishers in the heavyweight division. Of his 28 career wins, 25 have come via knockout or submission. During his UFC tenure, he’s bested current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, UFC Hall of Famer Minotauro Nogueira and former title challenger Antonio Silva. Struve now hopes to return to the win column and add yet another legend to his stellar resume.
A former UFC heavyweight champion, Arlovski (26-15 1NC, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) looks to keep his momentum rolling following a decision victory over highly touted prospect Junior Albini in November. Throughout his 19-year run, the dangerous veteran has fought the who’s who of MMA heavyweights. He holds wins against former champs Fabricio Werdum, Frank Mir and Tim Sylvia. Arlovski now has his sights set on re-entering the Top 10 with a stunning win over Struve.
Additional bouts on the card include:
- In a clash between No. 6-ranked women’s bantamweight contenders, former title challenger Cat Zingano (9-2, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) takes on rising star Ketlen Vieira(9-0, fighting out of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil)
- DANA WHITE’S TUESDAY NIGHT CONTENDER SERIES contract winner Sean O’Malley (9-0, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.) looks to remain undefeated when he takes on talented striker Andre Soukhamthath (12-5, fighting out of Lake Worth, Fla.)
- Decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Mackenzie Dern (5-0, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.) debuts against Ashley Yoder (5-3, fighting out of Temecula, Calif.)
- The Ultimate Fighter veteran C.B. Dollaway (17-9, fighting out of Tempe, Ariz.) meets dangerous KO artist Hector Lombard (43-8-1 2NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Matanzas, Cuba)
- No. 7-ranked bantamweight contender Bryan Caraway (21-8, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) returns against hot prospect Cody Stamann (16-1, fighting out of Sparta, Mich.)
- Unbeaten Jordan Johnson (8-0, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) squares off with Adam Milstead (8-1, fighting out of Pittsburgh, Penn.)
For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.
UFC 222: HOLLOWAY vs. EDGAR will air live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, March 3, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. Doors are scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT.
Tickets for UFC 222: HOLLOWAY vs. EDGAR go on sale Friday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $500, $425, $350, $275, $225, $180, $150, $120, $100, $75 and $50 (prices do not include applicable service charges or fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.axs.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.
UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. PT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Jan. 18 starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.