Max Holloway Suggests He Is Next in Line for Stipe Miocic After UFC 260

Published 03/26/2021, 7:52 AM EDT
7DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 02: Max Holloway prior to his fight with Jose Aldo of Brazil during UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena on December 2, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)


Max Holloway has just raised the stakes for Stipe Miocic as the UFC heavyweight champion looks to defend his belt against Francis Ngannou this weekend at UFC 260. ‘Blessed’ took Twitter to claim if Ngannou fails to dethrone the champ, he is coming for him.

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At the UFC 260 pre-fight press conference, Miocic talked about his previous record of most strikes landed in a fight. The Cleveland native set that record in his 2015 fight against Mark Hunt. Max Holloway broke that record twice, once in 2018 against Brian Ortega and in 2021 against Calvin Kattar.

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I had a strike record till Max selfishly broke it. But we all like Max, so,” said Miocic. ‘Blessed’ Holloway noticed the firefighter’s comment and took to Twitter to issue a response to his claims.

Hey champ (Stipe Miocic) I got another one you don’t have: Daddest Man on the Planet. Better hope Francis makes that walk… if not you fighting a Hawaiian,” wrote the former UFC featherweight champion.

Miocic is not the first heavyweight that Holloway is having a ‘beef’ with. He happens to share a friendly, yet competitive friendship with Miocic’s former opponent and former two-division UFC champion, Daniel Cormier.

The Hawaiian claims he is the ‘Daddest Man on The Planet’. He also wished Cormier for his birthday claiming ‘DC’ is the no.1 contender for his throne.

It seems like ‘Blessed‘ just can’t help himself from taking digs at the heavyweights and calling them out for fights. The ever-increasing banter has certainly made the fans like him even more. Now, based on this friendly interaction, fans will keep their eyes peeled on Holloway’s social media accounts whilst the heavyweights duke it out within the cage.

Can Francis Ngannou make the walk against Stipe Miocic at UFC 260?

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On paper, the fight between Miocic and Ngannou is razor-close. There can’t be any arguing the fact that Miocic is certainly the more complete fighter of the two with much more versatile skill sets. However, ‘The Predator‘ possesses the equalizer i.e. one-punch KO power. to any puzzle thrown at him.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: (L-R) Stipe Miocic punches Francis Ngannou of Cameroon in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Miocic did a good job to avoid those haymakers in the first fight. However, Ngannou only needs to land one clean hit to close the show, and he has got 25 minutes to land it. Whether Miocic can slow down ‘The Predator’ and diminish his power in the later rounds, as he did at UFC 220, will play a decisive role in the outcome.

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Who wins at UFC 260? And what did you make of Max Holloway’s call out? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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