Max Holloway Breaks Silence Over the Real Reason Behind Taking Justin Gaethje Fight – “Why Not Throw My Name”

Published 01/24/2024, 10:28 PM EST

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Max Holloway and Justin Gaethje are all set to lock horns with each other at the UFC 300 event. The BMF belt is on the line and what would be more exciting than witnessing two of the best strikers in the game going at each other? However, there’s an issue here, Holloway’s weight class. ‘Blessed’ would be stepping into a territory that is a bit new to him.

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Holloway is finally making a move to be in the 155 lbs category. The Hawaiian fighter was expected to make a move up to the lightweight category but was wavered by the UFC. Yet this time, it seems like even the UFC wants him to be there. But can he make a proper comeback to the lightweight division? As per the former champ, it would be a piece of cake.

Max Holloway wants to compete in both divisions

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‘Blessed’ endeavor to the lightweight division is nothing new. The fighter has been willing to make a jump to the ‘155’ lbs. After Alexander Volkanovski brutally defeated him for the third time, Holloway intended to make a big leap from the division but the UFC was not keen on making it happen. The fighter has now been given another opportunity to make a name in the lightweight division and as per ‘Blessed’, he is ready to take on the challenge.

Holloway recently had a conversation where he stated he would be the perfect opponent for ‘highlight’ “Justin Gaethje looked like he needed a dance partner since Oliveira and Islam were booked at the time. And I just threw my name in the hat.”

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The former featherweight champion further claimed that he is ready to fight in both classes “The BMF belt is great. Being right there at 155, and being that the 155-pound weight class is right there, just 10 pounds away from 145, I can do both classes. Why not throw my name in the hat?”

 

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This would be Holloway’s second appearance in the lightweight division after he locked horns against Dustin Poirier in April 2019. Holloway lost in a fight against Poirier and this was one of the most upsetting defeats of his career. Nonetheless, Holloway has been given another opportunity to shine but will he be able to make the proper weight?

Making weight is not an issue for Holloway

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In an interview with ESPN this week, Holloway stated that there would be noti͏ceable ͏physical changes in his performance compared to ͏what fans witnessed in 2019.“My eating habits, my nutritionists, my wife is keeping me in check and just having the IQ,” said Holloway on ESPN

He further added “On what will change for this second move to 155 pounds. “I think you guys are going to see a proper-sized person for this one. I feel like [the last one] I was just a big [featherweight]. And I hate using excuses, but everybody asks me that question, you know? That was a long time ago. I was just a big [featherweight]. You will see a difference on April 13.”

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Holloway, at 32 ͏years old, is gearing up for a change in his physical appearance. Despite this, he has made it ͏abundantly clear that ͏he isn’t finished competing in the 145-pound weight class, where he maintains his status as the top-ranked contender. Do you believe Holloway has any chance against Gaethje?

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Suryakant Das

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I'm Suryakant Das, an avid sports enthusiast from a family that cherishes the world of sports. I still vividly recall the day my father took me to watch Indian wrestling, sparking my fascination with the discipline and the aura of those warriors. Over time, my love for combat sports grew, and now, I'm a UFC writer at EssentiallySports.
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