Max Holloway joins the lightweight ranks and challenges Islam Makhachev to UFC fight: 'It would be fun'

Hawaiian joins Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier, Charles do Bronx and Arman Tsarukyan in calling for lightweight champion

Max Holloway presenting at the UFC. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

Max Holloway in presentation at UFC. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

In the wake of the candidates for the lightweight throne (up to 70,3kg.) UFC, Islam makhachev Now there's one more name to worry about: Max Holloway. The former featherweight champion (up to 65,7 kg), in an interview with journalist Kevin Iole, expressed interest in moving up a category and challenging the current belt holder.

“If I can go there, win and ask for something, I think there are a lot of good fights that can happen for us. One of them, in fact, is the champion (Islam makhachev). I think it would be fun, to be honest,” Holloway said.

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Jailton Malhadinho won at UFC São Paulo. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter/UFC_Asia

To make his dream come true, the Hawaiian will have to overcome an important obstacle first: Justin gaethje. On April 13th, at UFC 300, the two fighters face each other for the BMF (Toughest) belt, in a duel that could qualify the winner for a future fight for the lightweight title.

Holloway's trajectory in the 70 kg division was not the happiest. In his only appearance, in 2019, he was defeated by Dustin poirier in the fight for the interim title. After the setback, the Hawaiian returned to featherweight, where he collected triumphs against names like Calvin kattar, Yair Rodriguez e arnold allen, consolidating himself as one of the greatest fighters in the history of the category.

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