“So here’s the situation, we wanted to go eat and the worker comes up like, ‘Yo! Dude!’ he’s like, ‘Bro! Anybody ever told you you look like Tony Ferguson?’ And I kinda just like waved it off and [was] like, ‘Yeah, cool.’ He’s like, ‘Yo, man you don’t know what UFC is?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I know what UFC is. Actually, that’s funny cause a lot of people tell me that when they talk about UFC, I look like Max Holloway. You know the champ guy?’
And then he’s like, ‘Oh yeah,’ and then he’s like, ‘Wait.’ And he does this *rubs chin* and he looks at me… ‘That’s right, I kinda see it but you kinda look like Tony Ferguson.’
I never told him, I walked away.”
UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway has become pretty popular in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. But apparently not popular enough to avoid getting confused for fellow top UFC fighter, Tony Ferguson.
This Saturday night at UFC 231, Holloway will look to defend his title for the second time by dispatching of a potential long-term rival, Brian ‘T-City’ Ortega.
Holloway has struggled to be active this year but don’t think that he hasn’t tried. Although this will be his first fight of 2018, it will be his fourth that he had scheduled.
The 145-pound champion’s last bout came in December 2017 when he defeated Jose Aldo for the second straight time by third-round TKO at UFC 218. Since then, he’s missed out on bouts with Frankie Edgar, Khabib Nurmagomedov and his next opponent in Ortega.
With his health scares believed to be behind him, the best Hawaiian fighter on the planet looks to remind everyone why he is where he is.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 12/6/2018