Will UFC 231 be Max Holloway’s final featherweight combat? Champ says ‘not a shot’

TORONTO – UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway stated there’s “not a shot” his combat Saturday is his final look within the weight division he guidelines.

UFC President Dana White instructed MMAjunkie that he wished Holloway (19-Three MMA, 15-Three UFC) to maneuver up after being pressured to withdraw from UFC 222 earlier this 12 months.

“He’s too huge for this weight,” White stated. “You possibly can’t maintain doing this to your self and reducing to (145 kilos).”

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However Holloway stated his curiosity is in chasing pound-for-pound greatness – not giving up the gold he’s earned. Holloway stated he’s feeling nice upfront of his title protection in opposition to Brian Ortega (14-Zero MMA, 6-Zero UFC) and added he’s “very shut” to creating the 145-pound restrict.

“I can’t wait,” Holloway instructed reporters forward of the pay-per-view headliner at Scotiabank Enviornment. “We’ve received yet one more day, we weigh in tomorrow morning, make weight, and I get again to my cupcake tasting.”

Holloway shrugged off Ortega’s doubts that he’ll make the combat. Ortega instructed reporters the champ didn’t say how assured he’s in exhibiting up.

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“No matter mindset, no matter he says, that’s him,” Holloway stated. “I’ve no management over what he can say. On the finish of the day, I’m going to point out up. We see what occurs once I present up. After we’ll be within the octagon, I can’t wait to see him.”

Holloway wouldn’t thoughts including extra belts to his assortment after he’s accomplished with Ortega. He simply doesn’t wish to surrender his present place.

“I’m a champion,” Holloway stated. “I wish to be a defending champion. Now, I wish to be a pound-for-pound champion.”

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