Max Holloway promises a show against Yair Rodríguez and more fans for the UFC

Max Holloway promises a show against Yair Rodríguez and more fans for the UFC

Max Holloway wants to continue amassing fights and records in his brilliant career in the UFC, and at 29 he thinks he can’t fight less than twice a year. This Saturday he will finally face the Mexican Yair Rodríguez, who would be the perfect dance partner for an unforgettable fight.

After overwhelmingly dominating Calvin Kattar in January to break his losing streak to featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, the Hawaiian thinks he’ll put up another memorable fight against Rodriguez.

“If you have friends, family or colleagues who are not very into the UFC or MMA, make sure they watch the fight on Saturday. They will become fans and will have more friends to watch the UFC, so it will be a lot of fun, “Holloway said in an interview with ESPN Deportes.

With a quarter of a hundred fights in the promotion, the former 145-pound champion has seen nearly every stage and faced most of the big names in featherweight and lightweight, from Dustin Poirier to Conor McGregor among many others. but he knows that Rodríguez has his peculiarities, and their confrontation will not be a boxing match like the one von Kattar had.

“Yair is dangerous, he throws a lot of kicks and spinning attacks, he’s super explosive. These kinds of challenges put a smile on my face. Who knows maybe this time I’ll be screaming that I’m the best kickboxer in the UFC, the best grappler in the UFC or the best fighter. I don’t know, I just want it to flow ”, he advanced.

Holloway (22-6) is eager to get back into action at UFC Apex, after making three camps for the fight with Rodriguez (14-2 1 NC) due to the injury in June that forced them to postpone the engagement. Originally dated July 17.

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“We did the first camp where we got injured, a mini camp to prove that the injury was over and then the actual camp, so I’m excited,” he explained.

Though it seems like he’s the only one with a lot to lose, as ‘The Panther’ hasn’t fought in two years, Holloway didn’t hesitate when he was offered the opponent.

“I will fight anyone, wherever, whenever, if you think you are the best fighter in the world, you must fight everyone. To be the best you have to beat the best and the best will be blessed. This is an elevator. UFC does not have a tournament system, the line can be long to take the elevator to the top, I am more of a guy to take the stairs, see you on the stairs, I am not an elevator diva, “he added.

Although the trilogy with Volkanovski seems like his best option, Holloway did not guarantee that it will be his next fight. “I want to beat Alexander, but I also have a win over the lightweight champion (Charles Oliveira) and we are always being considered for a rematch with McGregor. So we’ll see what happens ”.

Max kept an eye on the final championship fight at UFC 266 between Volkanovski and Brian Ortega, and while the result didn’t surprise him, he believes that the fact that the Australian survived the guillotine attempt in the third round and won is good for the future. of the division.

“The fight happened as I thought. Alexander standing over him and Brian holding him when they were close. No kidding, I don’t know how he feels or how he did it because Brian couldn’t hold my neck. Congratulations to Alex, people like it when adversity is overcome and if he grows, all of us grow, “he said.

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