Holloway Responds To Khabib’s ‘Volkanovski Has More Fire’ Claim

Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway has responded to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s prediction for this weekend’s co-main event. At Saturday’s UFC 276 pay-per-view, Holloway will look to add the first blemish to reigning 145-pound t…

Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway has responded to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s prediction for this weekend’s co-main event. At Saturday’s UFC 276 pay-per-view, Holloway will look to add the first blemish to reigning 145-pound titleholder Alexander Volkanovski’s UFC record at the third time of trying. “Blessed” perhaps came the closest of anyone in the pair’s first…

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Holloway Challenges Volk To Gaming Battle: I’ll Smack You Up In That Too

Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is ready to take his rivalry with Alexander Volkanovski to the next level. “Blessed” is set to face the Australian champion for a third time at UFC 276, and Holloway sat down with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto during fight week to discuss the matchup. As merciless as he is in…

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Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is ready to take his rivalry with Alexander Volkanovski to the next level.

“Blessed” is set to face the Australian champion for a third time at UFC 276, and Holloway sat down with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto during fight week to discuss the matchup.

As merciless as he is in the cage, Holloway has established himself as one of the sport’s nicer figures outside of it. After ten rounds of fighting with a possible five more on the way, Okamoto couldn’t help but ask if the two featherweights had established any sort of friendship.

The 30-year-old wouldn’t go so far as to say Volkanovski was his friend, but he did take the opportunity to extend a challenge.

“Why not? You know fighting is my part-time job, and I’m a full-time streamer, and I play video games,” Holloway answered. “I heard he plays a little video games, so why not? People been saying I should get him in my lobby on Call of Duty when I play. I play Apex now, though, I don’t know if he plays Apex. We’ll see what happens.”

Volkanovski last defended his title in a one-sided fight with Chan Sung Jung, who stepped in for an injured Holloway. (Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The Hawaiian spent several years as the UFC’s featherweight king before losing a unanimous decision to Volkanovski in 2019. An immediate rematch ended in a narrow split-decision loss for Holloway, but he’s not about to let an 0-2 record against “The Great” cost him a chance to win elsewhere.

“It is what it is, bro. Whatever goes into the Octagon, I don’t bring no personal — nothing into it. It’s a fight, it’s our job, it’s what we do. You wanna play some games? Let’s play some games. I’ll probably smack you up in that, too. It’s a win-win for me.”

Holloway rebounded from his second loss to the Australian with unanimous decision wins over top contenders Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez. The third fight between “Blessed” and Volkanovski will serve as the co-main event to a middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Jared Cannonier at UFC 276.

While a third win over Holloway is far from a given, Volkanovski has already teased a potential move up to lightweight in the near future.

What do you think of Holloway’s challenge to meet Volkanovski outside of the cage?

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Sonnen Suspects Holloway’s Recent Comments Were A Negotiation Tactic

Chael Sonnen believes Max Holloway is angling for a rematch with Conor McGregor given his recent comments. Recently, Holloway suggested in an interview with ESPN that it’s possible McGregor never fights again. Speaking on an episode of his podcast, Sonnen explained that Holloway’s recent comments could be part of a brilliant mind game to land…

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Chael Sonnen believes Max Holloway is angling for a rematch with Conor McGregor given his recent comments.

Recently, Holloway suggested in an interview with ESPN that it’s possible McGregor never fights again. Speaking on an episode of his podcast, Sonnen explained that Holloway’s recent comments could be part of a brilliant mind game to land a rematch with the Irishman.

“If anybody has the right to an opinion – who can understand our industry, who can think like a fighter would think, and who could plan the move of a former opponent – I think Max is a great guy to turn to on the whereabouts of Conor McGregor.

Max Holloway, Conor McGregor
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“It’s a very weird concept. Not to mention, what if Max didn’t even mean it? What if that was Max’s way of trying to get his name associated with Conor to try to get a rematch with Conor? I mean, not for nothing, you have to consider all of these things. If a guy is speaking, and he is doing anything less than negotiating, he is a fool. I don’t think Max is a fool.”

Holloway and McGregor have history inside the Octagon with one another. The pair fought back in 2013 — interestingly enough, on a card headlined by Sonnen himself — where McGregor saw his hand raised with a unanimous decision victory.

Both men would eventually go on to make their marks in the UFC’s featherweight division, each winning the division’s title and participating in some of the weight class’ biggest fights of all time.

McGregor has since decided to move up to lightweight, where he seems to have found a new home. Holloway has long teased a permanent move up to 155 pounds but has remained at featherweight for the time being.

Any fight involving McGregor will have to wait a few more months, however. McGregor is recovering from a broken leg suffered in his last outing with Dustin Poirier last year.

What do you make of Chael Sonnen and his belief that Holloway is angling for a rematch with McGregor? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Dana White Explains Why Volkanovski/Holloway Must Happen Again

UFC President Dana White says there’s a very good reason as to why Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway are running it back for a third time. It’s an uncommon scenario that two men fight for a title for a third time, after one of them has already won the first two bouts. However, this scenario…

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UFC President Dana White says there’s a very good reason as to why Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway are running it back for a third time.

It’s an uncommon scenario that two men fight for a title for a third time, after one of them has already won the first two bouts. However, this scenario is a very different case altogether when examining past fights.

Volkanovski first dethroned Holloway from the 145-pound throne back in December of 2019 with a unanimous decision win. They rematched the following July in a close contest, only for Volkanovski to retain the strap via split decision.

Now, each man has racked up two impressive victories, respectively, since their last contest, setting the stage for their third, and potentially final, meeting.

However, speaking to Yahoo! Sports recently, Dana White was asked about the importance of this fight, specifically in regards to Volkanovski and the respect he receives as champion.

White notes that’s one of the biggest reasons this fight needs to happen, so Volkanovski can silence his doubters once and for all and hopefully gain the respect of the mixed martial arts (MMA) community as featherweight champion.

“It’s so true. And it’s why this fight has to happen again. He needs to do this again. Then the world is wide open to this kid. I mean, he could move to 55. He could stay here and just keep fighting guys here and blow the record out.

“But this is a fight that has to happen, which is, like I said, very unique in this business, when you have a guy who’s already won twice.”

Volkanovski and Holloway will meet in the co-main event of UFC 276 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 2. The card is headlined by a middleweight title clash between defending champion Israel Adesanya and Jared Cannonier.

What do you make of Dana White and his suggestion as to why the trilogy between Volkanovski and Holloway is happening? Who are you picking in the matchup? Sound off in the comments!

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Holloway Ponders LW Move: ‘Oliveira & I Have Unfinished Business’

Former UFC champion Max Holloway’s title ambitions may not be fully achieved if he emerges victorious over Alexander Volkanovski this weekend. After rebounding from back-to-back narrow losses to the reigning 145-pound king with a pair of memorable five-round victories over Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez in 2021, Holloway has cemented his position one step below…

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Former UFC champion Max Holloway’s title ambitions may not be fully achieved if he emerges victorious over Alexander Volkanovski this weekend.

After rebounding from back-to-back narrow losses to the reigning 145-pound king with a pair of memorable five-round victories over Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez in 2021, Holloway has cemented his position one step below top spot and secured a third crack at adding the opening blemish to Volkanovski’s promotional record.

“Blessed” will have the chance for redemption this Saturday at UFC 276, where he and Alexander “The Great” will feature in the co-main event of the International Fight Week pay-per-view.

Having established himself as a legitimate contender in the featherweight GOAT race with two wins against Holloway, and further defenses against Brian Ortega and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung, Volkanovski has made his ambitions clear: champ-champ status.

After previously announcing his intentions to win lightweight gold in 2020, the Australian increased his calls for a shot at 155-pound glory following his win against Ortega last September. In recent times, UFC President Dana White has even expressed his approval for the idea of Volkanovski receiving an immediate title shot at the higher weight.

But even if Volkanovski is unable to add a fourth featherweight defense to his impressive résumé this Saturday, it seems that the ball for a FW champ vs. LW champ superfight will continue to roll.

During a recent interview with ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto, Holloway assessed the incredible career resurgence of Charles Oliveira, who held the lightweight gold until a weight miss last month.

Prior to the Brazilian’s active 11-fight win streak, he suffered a loss to Holloway in a 2015 main event. The defeat came after Oliveira suffered a micro-tear in his esophagus and was rendered unable to continue.

Should both men regain their titles in the coming months, “Blessed” said he is down to run it back with “Do Bronx.”

“The dude’s in demon mode right now… We’ll see what happens with that one. He and I know we had unfinished business since like, forever,” Holloway said. “So, we’ll see what happens. It’d be an honor to share the Octagon with him again. Alex is on the other side talking about it, so if we get it done July 2, who knows? Dana White is saying stuff like, ‘Alex can get whatever he wants.’ So, we’ll find out July 2 what Max wants and gets.”

Having defeated top contenders Michael Chandler, Dustin Poirier, and Justin Gaethje in recent times, it’s clear that Oliveira has leveled up as a fighter. With that, he is even beginning to be discussed in the same conversations as the legendary Khabib Nurmagomedov in terms of lightweight legacy.

Should the Brazilian win back the belt later this year, which he’ll likely have to go through Islam Makhachev to do, perhaps his next challenge will come from below, and from a familiar featherweight foe.

How do you think a rematch between Max Holloway and Charles Oliveira would play out?

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