UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway is coming off of a successful title defense over Jose Aldo at UFC 218.
When it comes to 2018, fans can expect to see the champion make quite a few more title defenses.
“(My goal for 2018 is) two or three title defense and two or three times of putting the hammer down and letting everyone know that I’m here to stay for a long time,” Holloway told MMA Junkie. “‘The Blessed Era’ is in full effect. There’s a lot of new contenders rising. I’m excited about the future. It’s about proving my worth now. I get to show that 2017 wasn’t a fluke.”
Holloway only defended the gold once since winning at UFC 212 earlier this year, which was the aforementioned bout at UFC 218.
While the champion has a plan for defending the gold in 2018, one thing he also wants to do is keep the gas on the foot-peddle.
“I’ll fight everyone and anyone and I’m going to keep my gas on the foot-peddle,” Holloway said. “This is just one year of champ life and I’m not ready to give it up. I just turned 26 and I want to fight until I’m 35 or so. Who knows? Once 35 comes we can make the decision. I want to retire from the game, not let the game retire me. I don’t want to leave the game all busted up trying to hang on to false hope. I want to leave with my chin up, smiling and say I did everything I could possible do. That’s what I want to do. I’m going to put on stellar performances and make everyone believe the hype.”
Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor were the only other two fighters to hold the UFC Featherweight Title, but neither defended it more than twice in a calendar year.