UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will be looking to make UFC history when he headlines UFC 223 over the weekend. Now the title holder has come forward with a statement concerning what he hopes to take away from the upcoming fight.
The highly anticipated fight card of UFC 223 goes down this Saturday, April 7, inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The live pay-per-view event was initially set to see Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov compete for the undisputed lightweight title.
However, Ferguson has since pulled out of the fight due to an injury. On just six days notice, Max Holloway stepped up to accept a severely short notice offer to take Ferguson’s place in the night’s headliner.
Now Holloway will be moving up in weight to challenge Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 223. Conor McGregor is the only UFC fighter to ever simultaneously hold multiple division titles, making it a historic challenge for Holloway.
With McGregor having never defended either his lightweight or featherweight belts, Holloway hopes to one up “Notorious” by defending his own. Speaking in a recent interview with the UFC, as streamed by Brian Bulte over his Instagram, Holloway offered his thoughts on the momentous match up.
“It’s historic for sure. Opportunities like this don’t come. They come once in a lifetime. Only one guy really had it already. This is historic. This is huge. Being a two time champ, two weight division champ is great. But holding them two times is even greater, and defending them belts is going to be greater than that.”
“I’m about to go in there, do some cool stuff, have some fun, have the time of my life and show the world who I am. Show who ‘Blessed’ is.”