Max Holloway: “People only remember you for your last fight”

By Chris Taylor - April 3, 2016

UFC featherweight contender Max “Blessed” Holloway (15-3 MMA) feels a little ‘left out’ following the recent UFC 200 bookings for fellow division contenders Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo, who will meet for the interim featherweight strap on July 9 in Las Vegas.

Holloway had recently been campaigning for a rematch with current division title holder Conor McGregor, but  had stated that he would settle for either the aforementioned Aldo or Edgar.

Unfortunately for “Blessed”, the UFC did not grant him any of those three fights. The surging Hawaiian, who is riding an eight-fight win streak, told MMAFighting that things may be different if he had just finished his last opponent:

“I just feel left out because my last fight wasn’t a finish,” Holloway said. “When I was finishing guys, the media was on me like crazy. Then I have this one decision fight against a guy (Stephens) who, ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, these guys couldn’t finish him. And then [people are] looking at me, asking me how the hell I didn’t finish him. It’s like, look at these guys. These guys are beasts and they had a hard time with the fight too. They couldn’t finish him either. So I’m a true believer in, people only remember you for your last fight. And my last fight, I felt, was great, but I guess some people didn’t think it was so hot. So it is what it is.”

Holloway defeated Jeremy Stephens via decision at December’s UFC 194 event and is eagerly awaiting his next assignment:

“I want to get back in there and I want to get busy,” Holloway said. “I’ve been telling everybody, I’ve had four fights each in back-to-back years. One fight was in January [in 2014], and then last year my first fight was in February. Now, it’s like the end of March and I have no fight. I’m not even booked yet. I would like to get back in June or July. The UFC 200 card, that big one, or June on that big Weidman-Rockhold card (at UFC 199). But still, look, that’s almost half the year. Half the year is almost gone by fighting there, so I want to get busy.”

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