- Max Holloway says he wants to fight two more times in 2021.
- Holloway defeated Calvin Kattar at UFC Fight Island 7 last month in dominating fashion.
- The former UFC featherweight champion is looking forward to fighting the winner of Alex Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega at UFC 260.
Max Holloway is keeping an eye on UFC 260.
That’s because Holloway’s old belt will be on the line when current champion Alex Volkanovski takes on Brian Ortega in the co-headliner of that event.
Volkanovski beat Holloway twice, barely, including a controversial split decision at UFC 251 which many thought Holloway won. The Aussie has the belt and he will defend it against Ortega, a fighter whom Holloway decimated at UFC 213.
According to SportsBetting.ag, Volkanovski is the slight -185 betting favorite with Ortega coming back at +160. But regardless of who wins that fight, Holloway says he has no preference. Said Holloway in an interview with MMAJunkie:
But while he doesn’t care who wins, Holloway knows he’s next:
Deserves Another Shot at the Title
Dana White says after Max Holloway’s performance, it’s going to be awfully hard to deny him another shot at the title even if Alexander Volkanovski is champion
“I think we have to … he deserves to fight Volkanovski again” #UFCFightIsland7 https://t.co/LdFsywxwaW
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) January 16, 2021
There are no plans after UFC 260. Volkanovski has previously said that he isn’t interested in fighting Holloway for a third time, saying he wants new challenges. But after Holloway’s spectacular performance against Calvin Kattar last month, even UFC President Dana White says that it’s hard not to give Max another title shot, even if Volkanovski is still the champion.
After the disputed loss to Volkanovski last July, many thought that Holloway’s time at the top was over. However, 29-year old Hawaiian proved his doubters wrong. Returning six months later, Holloway put on a record-breaking performance against a Top 5 contender in Kattar.
Blessed put on a show in Abu Dhabi in a one-sided beatdown of Kattar. Holloway set several UFC records for strikes attempted and landed against Kattar. When all was said and done, the judges scored the bout 50-43, 50-43, and 50-42 for Holloway. That means there were at least two 10-8 rounds in the fight.
Eyeing July Return
[email protected] plans #UFC return in July, expects to be the cloud over @AlexVolkanovski vs. @BrianTCity title fight https://t.co/LqQWJrytVU
— MMA mania (@mmamania) February 24, 2021
But while Volkanovski and Ortega dispute the belt next month, Holloway plans on fighting in July. It’s not likely that the winner of UFC 260 will return in four months to fight Holloway, unless of course the fight ends quickly and the winner suffers no significant damage. That means that Holloway could end up fighting a tune-up in July before fighting for his old belt at the end of the year.
That’s because Holloway told MMAJunkie that “in a perfect world”, he plans to fight two more times this year, one in July and another in December. But then again if a title fight is offered in between his two preferred dates, he will surely grab that opportunity. Regardless, Holloway called himself the “cloud” over the Volkanovski nd Ortega fight. And he’s right about that.
Volkanovski may have possession of the belt since December 2019 and he’s beaten Holloway twice. But unless he beats Holloway convincingly, there will always be a cloud over his reign. If Ortega wins, he will have to defend it against the only man to beat him. Either way, Holloway is getting the next title shot. He’s happy to go surfing and playing video games while he awaits the call.