Max Holloway isn't the quiet young man out of Hawaii that we saw burst onto the scene a few years ago. At only 24-years-old, Holloway is on a 9-fight winning streak and is staring down Anthony Pettis, the only featherweight keeping him from his first UFC belt.
If he gets past Pettis, Holloway will, of course, have to unify his interim featherweight belt by defeating newly-crowned UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Plenty of people are upset about Aldo being promoted to undisputed champ, but Holloway doesn't care about the drama. He has a laser focus.
“We’ve got to go out there and do our damn things,” Holloway said during the call. “It is what it is, Conor set the bar and I’m here to beat it. That’s the bar we’ve got to beat and I’m reaching for it. I have all intentions on smashing it. First things first, the first step is December 10, so that’s what we’re going to do.”
Holloway was then asked about the situation between McGregor, the UFC, and Jose Aldo, saying:
“The UFC gave him the title, the title says undisputed, so you can’t deny him,” Holloway said. “It is what it is, he’s got the belt. I need to go out there Dec. 10, handle business, get what’s mine and go after the undisputed one. I ain’t no hater about the guy. He got the damn thing. He had the interim, they gave him the real one now. That’s what it is. Everybody crying, you’re not going to change it with all your whining. Stop your f*cking whining and do something with your own life and move on.”
That's a little harsh for the passionate fans of the UFC, but Holloway is a harsh dude. We'll see how harsh he is to Anthony Pettis in the Octagon come UFC 206.