TORONTO – UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway said there’s “not a shot” his fight Saturday is his last appearance in the weight division he rules.
UFC President Dana White told MMAjunkie that he wanted Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) to move up after being forced to withdraw from UFC 222 earlier this year.
“He’s too big for this weight,” White said. “You can’t keep doing this to yourself and cutting to (145 pounds).”
But Holloway said his interest is in chasing pound-for-pound greatness – not giving up the gold he’s earned. Holloway said he’s feeling great in advance of his title defense against Brian Ortega (14-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and added he’s “very close” to making the 145-pound limit.
“I can’t wait,” Holloway told reporters ahead of the pay-per-view headliner at Scotiabank Arena. “We’ve got one more day, we weigh in tomorrow morning, make weight, and I get back to my cupcake tasting.”
Holloway shrugged off Ortega’s doubts that he’ll make the fight. Ortega told reporters the champ failed to say how confident he is in showing up.
“Whatever mindset, whatever he says, that’s him,” Holloway said. “I have no control over what he can say. At the end of the day, I’m going to show up. We see what happens when I show up. When we’ll be in the octagon, I can’t wait to see him.”
Holloway wouldn’t mind adding more belts to his collection after he’s done with Ortega. He just doesn’t want to give up his current position.
“I’m a champion,” Holloway said. “I want to be a defending champion. Now, I want to be a pound-for-pound champion.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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