Max Holloway has been on a campaign for a featherweight title shot, both inside and outside of the octagon.
And with a nine-fight win streak, the longest in the featherweight division, you would think the 24-year-old Hawaiian would have earned a title shot already, but with the logjam that is the current state of the 145 pound division, Holloway’s pursuit for UFC gold remains as uncertain as ever.
Holloway sounded off on the state of the featherweight division, narrowing in on his call-outs of Aldo and Frankke Edgar, specifically:
“The whole thing with Aldo, and everybody thinking he’s the best for 10 years, that he’s unbeaten and the untouchable champ, and all that,” Holloway told MMAFighting. “Then the whole thing with Conor thing came out, and he got knocked out, and everybody getting pissed off why he didn’t get a rematch after 13 seconds. These guys need to educate themselves in damn mixed martial arts.”
“How many times has Aldo pulled out of a main event? Not counting the Conor time, how many times before that has Aldo pulled out of a fight? It’s happened a bunch of times.”
“People say 13 seconds…who the f*ck wants to see the rematch after 13 seconds? I sure as hell don’t want to see it.”
Holloway turned his attention to former lightweight champ-turned featherweight title contender Frankie Edgar, the same man who Aldo beat for the interim 145 pound strap at UFC 200.
Accoeding to ‘Blessed’, Edgar wanted no part of a fight with him:
“I turned my whole attention to Aldo because we called out Frankie for this MSG card, and people were telling my team that he was going to 135. So I was like, what the hell? I’ll stop harassing him if he’s going to 35, then I see he’s fighting Jeremy at 45. So f*ck this shit. This sh*t is all wired and hectic.”
Holloway most recently defeated former featherweight title contender Ricardo Lamas at UFC 199. No word yet on who ‘Blessed’ will take on next, and an Aldo fight may be off the table if his the UFC grants his wish to retire.
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