Max Holloway Says He's "in the Mix" at Lightweight


Though his UFC Lightweight Title challenge fell short, Max Holloway still sees a future for himself at 155 lbs. Well frankly, there's not a weight class that Holloway wouldn't consider fighting at. 

"Birds fly, fishes swim, I fight,” Holloway told MMA Junkie this week. “It ain’t nothing. You send me a contract with Daniel Cormier’s name on top tomorrow, you know I’m signing it. ‘DC’ I love you, my man, but I’m a fighter. It is what it is. This is a bump in the road and I can’t wait to get back. ’55 is still there. ’55 there’s a lot of challenges.

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"When I lost to Dustin the first time at ’45, the ladder was so long to the belt. But the ’55 ladder, it’s right there. I’m in the mix. If I go up there I feel I’ll be right in the mix with all the top contenders. No disrespect to them, but I think it’s a fun weight class to be. We’ll see what happens.”

Holloway's fight against Poirier was certainly competitive and with that in mind, it's hard to argue with his assessment here. As for the loss itself, Holloway has a pretty simple understanding of the affair. “Nothing really surprised me. I knew Dustin was game and he was going to show up to the fight and he did. He did that day. He got the nod and that’s what it is. I ain’t mad. I ain’t mad at him. I ain’t mad at nobody.

"If I wanted to win the fight I should’ve finished. I couldn’t find myself and fair play to him. He went out there and did his thing and he got the W.”

Nonetheless, Holloway has business to handle at Featherweight first, defending his title against Frankie Edgar at UFC 240. That event takes place at the Rogers Place on July 27th.

Full MMA Junkie's full interview with Holloway, click here.

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