The champ Max Holloway has a date in mind for his eagerly anticipated featherweight title defense against top contender, Brian Ortega.
Max Holloway was one of many fighters whose UFC 223 fight-week bordered on completely insane at times. He managed to earn himself the respects of the masses after putting his name forward to take on the unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov just days out from the fight itself.
As a featherweight, Holloway offered to step up 10lbs with no fight-camp behind him, all during his ongoing recovery from the injury that ruled him out of UFC 222 in an attempt to hand the Russian his first ever defeat in professional competition. Of course, the NYSAC stepped in at the last moment and controversially told ‘Blessed’ that they will block his attempt to make championship weight and as a result, the fight was scrapped.
Of course, Al Iaquinta was the one to take the fight and though Khabib handled him relatively easy, he managed to do himself justice against the seemingly unstoppable force that is ‘the Eagle’.
With the featherweight title in his possession now firmly back as his priority, Max spoke to Hawaii News Now about the fight he now seems destined for and with the announcement of the bantamweight title rematch between TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt for UFC 227 in August, he appears to have an event in mind that should suit both him and his opponent, Brian Ortega.
“I saw Ortega was there, Ortega kept talking about how he wished it was him [to take on Khabib]. Blah, blah, this and that. I don’t know. Things happen for a reason. So I can’t wait to fight him. If that’s the next guy up, that’s the next guy up.
“I can’t wait to do the damn thing and get it done. If not, I heard they just announced the LA card, right? August. It would be fun, going into another king’s home to dethrone a king again.”
UFC 227 follows UFC 226 in a double-hitter of epic shows that are planned for the summer season and with two of the most talented young fighters potentially competing for a belt in one of the promotion’s most-stacked divisions, the scene has been set for a truly memorable fixture.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena