Holloway Says ‘Murky’ Featherweight Division Now Clear Heading Into UFC 206

By Mike Sloan Nov 29, 2016


Max Holloway isn’t too fond of current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and he has no desire to speak about former king at 145 pounds, Conor McGregor.

The red-hot Hawaiian will take on former WEC and UFC lightweight monarch Anthony Pettis in the main event of UFC 206 in a few weeks and that’s really all he is focused on.

“I got Pettis in front of me,” Holloway said during Tuesday’s conference. “I’m not going to be looking past him. I’m not trying to stumble. Pettis is on my radar. I’m only focused on him and after Dec. 10, then I can answer these questions.”

Holloway faced his fair share of questions regarding McGregor and Aldo on Tuesday. But while “Blessed” didn’t have much to say about the polarizing Irishman, he didn’t hold back on his criticism of “Scarface,” who said he is planning on defending his title in February or March.

“We’ll see what happens; he’s been diagnosed with p—-y-itis,” he said in reference to Aldo’s injury history. “I have a tough task ahead of me and we’ll see when Jose Aldo wants the shot. He’s always talking about how he wants to fight. Well, he had a fight and he didn’t take it.”

Holloway will be awarded the interim featherweight title if he is to be triumphant over Pettis next month in Toronto. McGregor was recently stripped of his featherweight title by and Aldo was promoted from interim titlist to real champ. To cloud the vision even more, the UFC decided to make Holloway-Pettis for the interim title, which drew the ire of fans and media across the globe.

“People get all butt hurt over this,” Holloway said. “The water in this division was super murky but now it’s clear; the winner of this fight gets a shot at the undisputed world title.”

Holloway is always looking to throw down and fight the best. In Pettis, he’ll lock horns with arguably the best all-around fighter of his career and certainly the most experienced. The Hawaiian has won nine in a row, with his last loss coming more than three years ago when he dropped a decision to McGregor. To say he’s giddy about fighting of Pettis’s stature would be an understatement.

“This guy is a former champion who defended his belt a bunch of times,” he stated. “He’s been one of the best in the world for a long time and I look forward to [fighting] him and I get to test myself against him. He’s flashy, too, and this is a fight that people want to see. This is a fight that fans are going to get. He’s been on the top of the heap for a long time and I’ll get a chance to prove my worth.”

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