Max Holloway Remains Confident he Can be a Force at 155, Despite Loss to Dustin Poirier
By FCF Staff
Although Max Holloway came up short against now interim, lightweight champ Dustin Poirier last month, “Blessed” remains confident that he can be a top contender in the UFC’s 155 division.
The featherweight champ moved up in weight to face Poirier for the interim title at UFC 236, and lost the bout via unanimous decision. For some time, Holloway has talked about moving up to lightweight. But following the loss, he’s booked to defend the featherweight crown against Frankie Edgar on July 27th.
Recently Holloway spoke with MMA Junkie, and the Hawaiian star reported he still hopes to make a run in the lightweight division:
“Birds fly, fishes swim, I fight,” Holloway said. “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.
“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.”
The loss to Poirier snapped Holloway’s (20-4) 13 fight winning streak. UFC 240 will take place in Edmonton, Alberta.