Max Holloway ushered in the “Blessed Era” a few weeks ago at UFC 212, finishing Jose Aldo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to become the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) undisputed Featherweight champion of the world (relive it all here).
Afterward, the top two contenders at 145 pounds — Cub Swanson and Frankie Edgar — immediately started making their respective cases (see them here and here) to face the Hawaiian in his first-ever title defense. For Holloway, he could care less who gets it next.
“At the end of the day, I will fight anybody, I don’t care. I really want to sit with Dana and my management first, figure it out, but I’m a fighter and I will fight anybody,” said Holloway during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour.
While he acknowledged both Cub and Frankie as worthy challengers, Holloway — who has now won 11 in a row at 145-pounds — had a warning for the rest of the Featherweight division.
“I’m not racing through my division, I’m cleaning it out. If I haven’t fought you, get ready because it’s coming. And If I did fight you, get emotionally ready because you know what’s going to happen again,” he added. “A storm is coming and I’m not dodging anybody. I fought one of them and I wanted to fight the other guy before, so, I’ll sit with Dana, figure out our situation and see what UFC wants to do. I want Hawaii so hopefully we can get that done, too.”
Unlike other champions, Holloway isn’t interested in moving up to another division, claiming he won’t be a “copy cat” and is focused on defending his belt at 145 pounds for the foreseeable future and beyond. Provide some stability and consistency to the weight class, so to speak.
“The division is under new management. It’s open 24/7, seven days a week. It’s the only place you can come see me, leave with a smile and take that ‘L’ with you. And if you want to come back again, you’ll leave with two ‘Ls.’ It will be a good time,” concluded the 145-pound champion.
You have to admire that fighting attitude.