The UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway has been a part of the upper echelons of MMA for quite a while now. His name is taken in the same breath as some of the other pound for pound best fighters in the world such as Henry Cejudo, Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones, etc. Though unfortunately, Holloway failed in his attempt of moving up in weight and fighting for another title. He has now described his feelings and his mental state ahead of the Dustin Poirier fight in which he fell short.
Holloway is scheduled to defend his featherweight belt against Frankie Edgar at UFC 240.
Holloway recently spoke to MMA Fighting and told them that he would not blame him moving up in weight for his defeat and that he felt the same way that he does at featherweight. Here’s what he had to say:
I felt like the man, I take sh*t up. Everybody keeps trying to use the weight thing as an issue. I don’t give a damn, I don’t care, I don’t care what weight it was. I felt like the man. I felt exactly how I have felt before every fight. The training camp I felt great, everything felt great, went great. You know I just did not get my hand raised. People have been used to seeing my hand raised for the last five years, it happens, you know. Sometimes you just have to run into these roadblocks to refocus, re-go, rethink everything.
Below is his interview:
"I felt like the man… I just didn't get my hands raised. It happens."
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) July 19, 2019