Max Holloway is scheduled to face Dustin Poirier on April 13th at UFC 236 for the Interim Lightweight Championship Belt. Currently the 145 Featherweight Champion, “Blessed” has previously lost to Poirier at UFC 143 in 2012 via submission. When asked how this bout came to be by Ariel Helwani of ESPN MMA, Max said it came as a surprise:
“The UFC, they are going to do what they want to do. I woke up one day, there’s talk about me and Tony (Ferguson). Next thing I know, my manager is hitting me up, saying that the Tony talks are serious. I got a text saying “check my email,” and I see Dustin’s name on the contract.”
Holloway is currently on a 13 fight win streak, coming off of a dominant performance over Brian Ortega in which he landed the most significant strikes in UFC History (290). Holloway claims that he is extremely easy to deal with in regards to scheduling his next fight:
“It’s simple…I ask the UFC for the toughest fight, they send contracts and I send them back. This is one more tough fight in the record books, and I can’t wait to prove to the world why I’m one of the best.”
If victorious, and able to defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov to unify the title at 155 lbs, does Max have plans to stay at Lightweight, or would he prefer to drop down to his current Featherweight class at 145?
“We’ll see what happens. Frankie (Edgar) and Jose (Aldo), they don’t deserve that. They don’t deserve a champ that’s going to be out for a year or so. We got more contenders coming up. After April I’ll figure it out for sure, but I would love to be the first guy to be defending both belts simultaneously.”