Featherweight champion Max Holloway is back in action at UFC 218 on Dec. 2, 2017, defending his belt for the first time against Frankie Edgar. For a while it seemed like Holloway might be out of action for a while, sitting on the sidelines like Stipe Miocic until UFC upped his pay.
But, now in the latest episode of the Luke Thomas Show, Max discussed the new deal and his plan to do things the "Mighty Mouse" way rather than the way of former featherweight champ Conor McGregor.
"New deal, let's just say I'm making a little bit more money," Holloway said. "That's all it was. I wanted to defend my title a bunch, I didn't want to go chase around these money fights, these exhibition matches. I wanted to defend my title and get a bunch of titles and do what Demetrious is doing. It's all I wanted to do but I wanted my worth."
"I wanted to be payed my worth, but my contract was underneath, I feel like it wasn't my worth. And the main man told me if you do this things we can come back and get this deal done. And then I did the things and we ran into some problems. But I had full faith in the UFC that they were going to fix it and they did. Things always come around and they take care of us fighters and things are good. We're locked and loaded."
Asked why he wanted to be more like Demetrious Johnson than Conor McGregor, Holloway expanded on his vision for the future. The very distant future.
"It's a legacy," he said. "When it's all said and done, money is great. I'm not telling guys I'll fight for free. You guys are crazy, I'll never fight for free a day in my life. This is how I make my ends meet, this is how I put money on the table, and this is how I support. But when it's all said and done, when the money's gone, when the fame's gone, your name is written down in stone and your legacy, these fights, these streaks, you'll forever be in the record books. They can't take away from you."
"Money disappears. Fame disappears. But history remains the same. When people go to books, to YouTube, and they look at my names. 10, 30 years, when I'm gone off this earth 100 years, my name's gonna be in the record books and that's what I want to leave. I want to leave a legacy."
That legacy starts with a stiff challenge: Knocking back Edgar, who already has a pretty impressive stack of names himself.