With the dust not even settled on Max Holloway’s performance of a lifetime versus Jose Aldo, he already has fighters throwing their name in the ring ahead of his next bout.
Holloway (18-3) confirmed what everyone in MMA circles has known for the past three years on Saturday night. He’s a world-class featherweight, capable of beating anybody on his day.
Having gone on an eleven-win tear since losing to Conor McGregor, Holloway climbed to the top of the 145lb division this weekend behind enemy lines against the greatest featherweight ever. He hasn’t even had time to digest his success, though, without someone – Cub Swanson in this instance – looking for their shot at the title.
Swanson (25-7) has looked impressive, putting together a four-fight win streak, having last lost to Holloway back in 2015. On Saturday he was on media duty with FS1 and used the platform to make his argument for a shot at the title.
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While Swanson would be a fresh challenger, his logic on Frankie Edgar may not hold up.
Edgar looked sensational in dismantling Mexican prospect Yair Rodriguez last month. Time will tell whether the UFC want to keep the featherweight division fresh-faced or revert to a seasoned campaigner in Edgar for the next title shot.
Holloway will soon realise that belt around his waist acts as a bullseye for all other 145lb-ers. It’s a target he’ll be comfortable carrying.
Noel Ryan, Pundit Arena