Max Holloway will take on Charles Oliveira at UFC Fight Night 74 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, this Sunday night (Aug. 23, 2015) in a bout that could have major championship implications in the Featherweight division.
With a win, Holloway looks to inch himself closer to his first-ever world title fight, extending his impressive win streak to seven. In the process, the Hawaiian also hopes to earn a rematch against current UFC 145-pound interim title holder, Conor McGregor.
During a recent conversation with MMA OddsBreaker, Holloway talked about the possibility of a do-over against "Notorious" and the big numbers it could do.
"I can't sit over here and say he (McGregor) is not the real deal. He has been doing so much for the sport and doing awesome. At the end of the day, I want my rematch because I believe I can beat him. I believe I'm the best fighter in the world. That's my beliefs and that's what got me here. I can't wait to rematch that guy. I'm not saying that when we fight again, I'm going to win and this and that, I'm just saying that -- everybody was saying the first fight was good, and I should be happy I went to a decision with him. That's being happy in second place or being a loser. I don't want to be a loser, I want to be a winner. I work too hard to not be one. I want to rematch him and see how it goes. It should be great, The first fight was great, the second will be awesome. If UFC wants to talk numbers and their is big hype for McGregor vs. Holloway 2, let's see what happens."
McGregor initially defeated Holloway via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 26 three years ago in what was the Irishman's second fight inside the Octagon. And he did so with a blown knee, but he hasn't looked back since returning to the Octagon in 2014.
Nonetheless, Holloway has since been on a hot-streak, too, to the tune of six straight wins, including victories over Cub Swanson and Cole Miller. Oliveira, though, will prove to be a stiff test for the Hawaiian, as he is currently riding a four-fight win streak with his last loss coming at the hands of Frankie Edgar back in 2013.
Should Max find himself staring down McGregor one more time, will the result be different?