Max Holloway eagerly anticipates the outcome of the featherweight division and expresses his interest in facing Justin Gaethje in his next fight.
Holloway (25-7 MMA, 21-7 UFC) believes a matchup with “BMF” champion Gaethje would captivate fans. Former featherweight titleholder Holloway is a veteran of the MMA world and is raring for a showdown against Gaethje (25-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC).
Since lightweight kingpin Islam Makhachev might be rematching Charles Oliveira, Holloway suggests a fight with Gaethje as an interim measure.
“I was shooting my shot for that ‘BMF’ with ‘The Highlight’ (Gaethje),” Holloway told ESPN. “I think we both would make a fun one for the fans, there’s that ‘BMF’ belt. I know they’re short on guys for UFC 300, so that would be ideal. One for the fans because he’s going to be waiting. If Islam doesn’t fight between Ramadan, he is going to have to wait all the way until October, and his last fight, that will be over a year and a half.
“I don’t think he should be sitting around that long. So, in the meantime, why not have a fun one, both make a lot of money, and we’ll put on a show and make a lot of fans happy? That was the idea.”
However, Gaethje respectfully turned down Holloway’s callout, stating that he prefers to wait for a title shot after his recent wins. Holloway respects his decision but still hopes for a change of heart.
Holloway said, “I wouldn’t want talent like that to be sitting out for a year for a title shot. I understand where he’s coming from. I understand why he wants to because he deserves the next shot.”
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