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Max Holloway Interested in Lightweight Superfights

Max Holloway may arguably be the greatest featherweight to ever walk this planet. The Hawaiian had yet another phenomenal performance in which he defeated Brian Ortega by TKO-doctor stoppage after the fourth round at UFC 231 last night. Holloway seemingly dominated the entire fight and made UFC history for the most significant strikes landed in one round and an entire fight.

However, even though Holloway may very well be the greatest featherweight ever, UFC President Dana White would like him to move up to lightweight. It has been discussed that Holloway’s weight cut is a tough one, and at lightweight, he could prove to be even better not having to cut an extra 10 pounds. If Holloway does indeed go to lightweight, he has an eye on superfights.

“Khabib is another undefeated fighter,” Holloway said at the UFC 231 post-fight press conference. “I got this niche, I guess. I just gave an undefeated fighter his first loss. So maybe that one might excite me the most. We were supposed to have that one. So we’ll see what happens. I don’t know. I ain’t picky. Feed me. They all can get it.”

Holloway has plenty of options of fighters to fight at lightweight. He could take on Nurmagomedov as he mentioned but also fights against Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson and a rematch against Conor McGregor make sense. If it was up to him, he would continue to defend his belt and go up to fight in these superfights. Ultimately, he doesn’t make the decisions, so it is up to UFC President Dana White and the matchmakers to decide what is next.

“Dana White is the boss,” Holloway said. “The boss is looking for superfights. All the UFC guys, you guys — you guys be talking about me fighting at ’55 for super fights. I keep hearing the name Conor, Khabib.

“Everybody talks about the top three guys, everybody talks about Tony. Everybody wants to see me and Conor because we fought when I was a kid. A long time ago. Dennis beat that Max, too — Dennis Bermudez beat that Max a couple years ago. So, the top 20 featherweights in the world — 30 — would beat that Max. It is what it is.”
Holloway has gotten a lot better since he lost to McGregor years ago. Although Holloway is on a 13-fight winning streak, his losses still hurt him. He would like to rematch them all and get those losses back. For now, Holloway will continue to celebrate his win and discuss what is next for him.
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