UFC 300: Max Holloway Exposes How Dana White Organized the First BMF Title Defense for Justin Gaethje Which He Once Called ‘One-and-Done’ for Jorge Masvidal

Published 01/25/2024, 7:26 AM EST

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The UFC 300 card is shaping up to be a great one after the recent BMF title fight announcement. Max Holloway will take on the champion Justin Gaethje at the triple-century pay-per-view event. ‘Blessed’ recently appeared in an interview with ESPN, where he explained how the idea of a fight against ‘The Highlight’ came to fruition.

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When the BMF belt was first introduced, Dana White mentioned that the title would never be up for grabs. As such, when Jorge Masvidal won it in a fight against Nate Diaz, there was no hope for the title to be defended ever again. However, the UFC CEO seems to have changed his mind as revealed by Max Holloway.

Max Holloway on the UFC setting up his BMF fight against Justin Gaethje

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After edging past Arnold Allen and ‘The Korean Zombie’, Max Holloway was looking to get a title shot. However, the UFC had other plans, which involved Alexander Volkanovski defending his title against the undefeated Ilia Topuria. Holloway said, “It [the match vs Gaethje] just kind of came together because I did [what I had to do]. I did the fight with [Brendan] Allen, I did the fight with ‘Korean’ [Zombie], and then went a different way with 145 title shot.”

Due to the aforementioned reason, Max Holloway fixed his sights on the lightweight title. However, at that time, Charles Oliveira was set to fight Islam Makhachev. Hence, the former featherweight champion put out a challenge to Justin Gaethje to give the fans what they want, and they will be getting it at UFC 300. This also led Dana White to do something that he had never considered before and put the BMF title on the line.

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“At the time, Charles [Oliveira] was booked to fight Islam [Makhachev]. I was just being like, ‘Hey, Gaethje. If you don’t want to wait around, we could do one for the fans, you know’. Gaethje, being the BMF that he is, ended up taking the fight. We’re on UFC 300,” ‘Blessed’ added. Furthermore, he also shared the reason why he considered a fight against Gaethje in the first place. Let’s see what he had to say.

Holloway has the same passion for fight as ‘The Highlight’

Max Holloway believes that the UFC 300 card could be one of the biggest cards of 2024. Moreover, he is happy to be a part of it and fight an opponent who’s arguably a legend of the sport. Holloway further stated, “Huge, huge card. The hugest card that is going to be all year, for this year, and we’re here now and I get to share the Octagon with a legend… in all of mixed martial arts.”

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Furthermore, he mentioned that he wasn’t expecting this fight to happen. He just laid out a challenge, which Justin Gaethje accepted, much to the surprise of Max Holloway, who commended ‘The Highlight’s love for fighting. I was just kind of throwing it out there because I know how someone like him loves to fight. That guy really loves to fight… I feel the same way as him,” ‘Blessed’ added.

Many fans have started talking about the Holloway vs. Gaethje fight on social media. They believe that it is a bad matchup for the former featherweight champion. However, Max Holloway is determined to overcome the odds and become the third BMF champion in Dana White’s promotion.

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What do you think? Will Max Holloway defeat Justin Gaethje at UFC 300? Drop your comments below.

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