UFC Featherweight Dennis Bermudez (10-3) will face Max Holloway (7-1) at UFC 160 in a bout that he “1000 percent” believes will prove who the next emerging young star of the UFC’s featherweight division is.
Both young competitors have identical UFC records at 3-1. Holloway is still the youngest fighter in the UFC at only 21-years-old and he’s also won his last three consecutive fights.
Bermudez is coming off of his most impressive performance to date was what many have considered an early Fight of the Year candidate against Matt Grice at UFC 157. Bermudez came out victorious with the split decision victory in his favor and both men took home the coveted Fight of the Night honor.
Prior to that, Bermudez earned Submission of the Night over Tommy Hayden at UFC 150. Bermudez made quick work of Hayden at the Pepsi Center in Denver, submitting him in the first round.
“In both of those fights, I just went out and tried to win at all costs. As long as I just keep doing that, I’ll be fine. Sometimes guys go out looking for knockouts and stuff like that and it affects their gameplan and their strategy. I’m just looking to go out there and dominate in any and every position we get in,” Bermudez said.
“Max is a rising star, he’s a tough guy. I just don’t think his game is as well rounded as mine. I think he’s going to make me come out on top and make me more of a contender for even the title down the road than him.”
The New York native, who is best known for his aggressive style, is also gritty wrestler at heart. Ahead of him lies the challenge of facing a dynamic and flashy striker in Hawaii’s Max Holloway. Bermudez told MMA Fight Corner that he will engage and pressure his opponent immediately, get him to the ground and impose his will.
“Flying is fine for me, people who like to fly,” Bermudez said of the possibility that Holloway could come at him with flying knees. “The higher you go off the ground, the easier you are to take down.”
“Just my background is wrestling all through high school and college. I looked up to Olympians and stuff like that and just the code that they live by,” Bermudez stated. “Just like you win you live, you lose you die, kind of thing – what matters where you outwork your opponent. You live it, you eat it, you breathe it. It’s that kind of mentality I bring to the fight game.”
Suffice to say the strong mental state and physical prowess Bermudez applies to MMA sets him apart from the pack. When one of the interviewers asked if him if he saw similarities in Pablo Garza and Max Holloway’s skill sets, Bermudez answered with a confident statement.
“If anything I think Pablo Garza, he’s got a better ground game, but less striking. But in my head, I already beat [Holloway],” Bermudez said.
Dennis Bermudez vs. Max Holloway will take place as part of the FX preliminary card at UFC 160 on May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.