Max Holloway scored back-to-back wins against one of the most dominant champions in the history of mixed marital arts (MMA) by knocking out Jose Aldo at UFC 218 a few weeks ago in Detroit, Michigan (see it), to retain his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight strap.
Up next for “Blessed” is likely a title defense against Frankie Edgar, who won’t deny being very impressed with what the 26-year old Hawaiian has done during his time over the last couple of years.
“I am for sure impressed. I am never one to rag on someone I want to fight. He is all he is cracked up to be and the fact that he is so young gets better every fight, it’s scary almost,” said Frankie during a recent edition of The MMA Hour.
“But that also motivates me as I feel I am at the top of my game. Max is the future, but I am still here, I am the present and I want to get this title shot and get what’s mine. I want to be a two-weight champion, that’s been my goal since I came down to 45,” he added.
Frankie was set to face Max at UFC 218 before a broken face forced him out of the title fight, paving the way for Aldo to get his rematch. Though he acknowledges Holloway brings an intense pace to the cage, “The Answer” is confident he can hold his own.
“I think I matchup well. I’m not just a guy that is going to stand up and throw with him. I am going to mix it up. I am going to to keep him guessing and I feel where it goes, I have adeqaute skills to handle myself. As far as pace, he brings a very good pace and so do I, so I think it makes for a great fight and I know I can compete,” said the former Lightweight champion.
While he didn’t get a definitive answer from UFC president Dana White this last weekend at UFC Fight Night 123, Edgar says he is confident he will get Holloway next in the first part of 2018.
“I saw him (Dana White) after this weekend’s fight and we are just waiting to see what’s next. I think March or April sounds good. One of those months I imagine we will set it up. I feel good. I am working out, not getting punched or grappling super heavy.”
As far as Dana’s comments regarding Edgar’s injury which many perceived as White calling him out on it, “The Answer” didn’t take it that way, and says he and the boss talked it over in Fresno.
Now, it’s all a waiting game to see when Edgar gets his opportunity to make history by attempting to become the promotion’s latest two-division champion.