The question on everyone’s mind is if Max Holloway has considered moving up to the lightweight division after losing a third time to Alexander Volkanovski. Holloway’s recent triumph over Arnold Allen at UFC Kansas City has made the question even more prevalent since it’s become exceedingly arduous to get back to the top.
The 31-year-old fighter made a brief switch to 155 pounds in April 2019 and lost to Dustin Poirier for the interim UFC lightweight title at UFC 236. He then returned down to 145 pounds to successfully defend his title against Frankie Edgar before losing it to Volkanovski in December 2019.
Since losing his featherweight belt, Holloway has been playing spoiler to the division’s other top contenders, fending off challenges from Calvin Kattar, Yair Rodriguez, and Arnold Allen. However, despite his focus remaining on the 145-pound weight division, Holloway is not ruling out a move to lightweight in the future.
In fact, he guarantees it will happen before his UFC career is over. “One-hundred percent,” Holloway said. “Why not? I mean, why not? We’ll see what happens with when they’re fighting in July now with Yair. I think a lot of people are counting out Yair. I think it’s going to be a much more interesting fight than a lot of people think it is. We get to be a fan that night, so I’m excited.”
Holloway is waiting for Volkanovski’s upcoming fight against interim champion Rodriguez to take place on July 8th during the promotion’s annual International Fight Week. Although Volkanovski is already listed as more than a 4-to-1 betting favorite on many sportsbooks to defeat Rodriguez, Holloway isn’t ruling out the Mexican fighter’s chances. He believes both fighters have what it takes to win, and the match will be a lot more interesting than people anticipate.
If Rodriquez manages to upset Volkanovski at UFC 290, Holloway’s immediate fate in the featherweight division will undoubtedly change. However, if Volkanovski retains his title, Holloway has expressed his interest in fighting Chan Sung Jung.