Renato Moicano has been named the alternate in case any of the headliners can’t compete at the event and Holloway would have no problem fighting Moicano if it came to that.
“I would take him on three hours’ notice,” Holloway said to MMA Junkie. “I’ll take you on an hour’s notice. I don’t care. Everyone was like, ‘The Khabib (Nurmagomedov) fight, you’re crazy for taking this on a weeks’ notice.’ Look, they’re taking the fight with me. You’re taking a fight with me. I don’t care who it is. Whoever. They’ve got to remember who they’re fighting and who they’re fighting against, and that’s me.”
Holloway had pulled out of a few bouts this year, most notably the first time his fight against Ortega was scheduled at UFC 226.
Despite the setbacks in 2018, a confident Holloway knows that the only way to win is to go out to the Octagon and be the best.
“I’m going to go out there and do what I do best,” Holloway said. “I’m going to open the door for you and whenever you’re ready, grab your hand and walk you through it. Thank you, come again. People keep saying this is going to be one of my hardest fights. I’m going to go out there and make people like, ‘What was that?’ That’s my game plan.”
UFC 231 takes place on Saturday, December 8 from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with Max Holloway and Brian Ortega headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.