Holloway snapped a two-struggle skid on Saturday, placing on a thrilling and dominant efficiency from Calvin Kattar in the main occasion of UFC Combat Island 7. It was an outing that was reminiscent of some of Holloway’s greatest and definitely kept him in the thick of the featherweight title image.
Regretably for Holloway, his two new losses were being both of those in championship bouts with Volkanovski, which would normally preclude a 3rd meeting from occurring all over again so soon. In their initially conference at UFC 245, Volkanovski outpointed Holloway to acquire the featherweight title. They fought once more 7 months later on at UFC 251 and Volkanovski gained a further conclusion, however the verdict was extra controversial than in their initially fight.
In his in-cage publish-combat interview, Holloway expressed extra of an desire in serving as a backup fighter to following Saturday’s UFC 257 major celebration concerning lightweights Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor. Afterwards in the evening, he also talked about the probability of fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Another battle with Volkanovski seems to be the furthest matter from Holloway’s head.
“We’ll see what occurs,” Holoway stated at Saturday’s article-battle presser. “Even with Khabib, Khabib is stating he needs something that’s tremendous attention-grabbing. Maybe I pushed him around the edge a very little bit. We experienced a person of the finest press conferences in the environment, I feel, we just didn’t have the fight. So we could toss that in if he wanted to. Volkanovski said—This is his terms, not mine—he stated he would like a different struggle. He don’t want a harder struggle, fellas, let that sink in. He wants a diverse combat. He did not say I want a tougher obstacle. He is familiar with who the toughest challenge is, he is aware of it’s me, so at the close of the day I’m not gonna power an individual to combat me.
“I’m gonna keep completely ready, do regardless of what I gotta do, and just be ready. Like I reported, I’m right here until eventually future 7 days. If some thing happens in this mad wild activity, never be stunned. Tune in future week to the pay back-for every-check out, huge pay out-per-check out, there’s a bunch of surprises occurring.”
Holloway and Nurmagomedov had been actually briefly booked to combat at UFC 223 again in April 2018. Immediately after Nurmagomedov’s initially scheduled opponent was forced out of that event’s headliner owing to an personal injury, Holloway (the featherweight champion at the time) volunteered to battle Nurmagomedov and the two even produced a marketing physical appearance to offer the struggle. The bout was later on canceled when it was determined that Holloway was medically unfit to compete that weekend.
In accordance to an announcement from UFC President Dana White on Saturday’s broadcast on ABC, Nurmagomedov informed him he could possibly consider ending his retirement if the suitable prospect arrives together, for this reason Holloway’s renewed fascination in challenging Nurmagomedov.
Acquiring the prospect to hand “The Eagle” his first loss or avenging losses to Poirier or McGregor are accurately the sort of troubles Holloway is searching for at this stage of his career. Thinking about that he’s consistently joked about likely up to heavyweight to fight his close friend Daniel Cormier, it appears that each elite fighter is on Holloway’s record.
“I want legacy fights, I want massive fights, I want fights like this, we’re on ABC,” Holloway said. “I want historical past. So belt, no belt, what ever it is, I want to fight. … You guys believe someone is the finest fighter in the environment, you fellas convey to me, allow me know. I’ll indication on that dotted line.”