Despite failing to defeat featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski on 3 occasions, Max Holloway has emerged victorious against the majority of the division’s top contenders.
However, with no clear path to a title shot as long as Volkanovski holds the belt, Holloway has recently expressed his consideration of a potential move to the lightweight division.
In April, Max made his comeback after his trilogy bout loss against Alexander, securing a unanimous decision victory over Arnold Allen. Following this triumph, Holloway expressed interest in facing Chan Sung Jung, another revered figure in the sport.
Although no official progress has been made regarding that matchup. Max believes it to be the most likely next fight for him.
Max Holloway on BMF title?
Holloway has disclosed that he is willing to move back up to the lightweight division, but only if it aligns with his personal and team’s objectives.
The Hawaiian fighter emphasized that his current focus remains on the featherweight division. Where he has established himself as a dominant force over many years.
“It’s always better to go to a different division while you’re holding a belt. That’s just what it is, but we’ll see what happens. We’ll see how July pans out, We’ll see how my next fight pans out. We’ll just see the way of the direction,” said Max.
“Who knows? We saw that fun ‘BMF’ belt with [Justin] Gaethje and [Dustin] Poirier. Me and Poirier for the third time, I’d love, and people keep harassing me about Gaethje anyways,” he added.
Max’s quest for a second championship belt led him to face Dustin Poirier in a bout for the interim lightweight title at UFC 236. Unfortunately, he fell short in his bid to become a double champion, suffering a unanimous decision loss.
Additionally, Holloway had previously been submitted by Poirier at UFC 143 when they competed in the featherweight division. However, he did secure a victory over Charles Oliveira at UFC Fight Night 74.
Max Holloway on Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje bout?
In the upcoming main event of UFC 291 in July, Poirier and Gaethje are set to collide. Meanwhile, Max expresses his readiness to step back into the octagon and aims to have two more fights before the year concludes.
This opens up the possibility of a fall or winter matchup, assuming the UFC can arrange a fight against the Korean Zombie in the coming months. If that doesn’t materialize, Holloway remains open to other opportunities.
Another potential rematch looms on the horizon as former adversary Conor McGregor plans his return to competition later this year. While McGregor is scheduled to face Michael Chandler, his fellow The Ultimate Fighter coach. Holloway believes that at some point in the future, he and Conor are destined to cross paths once again.
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