UFC Featherweight champion Max Holloway missed out on his super fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov due to a brutal weight cut but he is in no mood to sit out for long.
In a recent interview with MMA fighting, Holloway revealed that he wants to get back into the business in the Featherweight division and also left the door wide open for a potential fight with Khabib.
“Dana called me on fight day and told me, ‘It’s alright, kid, we tried’ and ‘thank you for trying everything’ and ‘onto the next one’. So Brian Ortega is up, hopefully we can get on that July card. I’ve been asking. I see everyone talking about that July card. I’ve got to get back business at 145, but if UFC call again for 155 for that thing with Khabib, that would be fun.” He told. (Quotes via MMA Mania)
Holloway had taken the fight with Khabib on a six-day notice after Tony Ferguson was forced to pull out due to an injury. Unfortunately, Holloway was not cleared to fight at the event due to his weight cut and UFC went with Al Iaquinta in the end.
The fight with Ortega
The Hawaiian further stated that he would be interested in fighting on the UFC 226 card against Brian Ortega.
“Madison Square Garden, we’ve got to try this one more time, that’s what I want to do. Fans are talking about it, I hear you guys want this fight a lot and they were tweeting me right after I got pulled. A lot of guys were saying, ‘Let’s see that fight [Holloway vs. Ortega] back on UFC 226. Let’s do it then. I want to fight and I want to go out there to show everyone who ‘Blessed’ is.” He added.
Ortega is currently undefeated in his professional career and holds an impressive record of 14-0 to his name.