Max Holloway is the reigning defending featherweight champion of the world. He is fresh off of a phenomenal TKO win over Brian Ortega last night at UFC 231 in Toronto. Holloway broke records for most significant strikes in one round and a single fight. It also appears no one in the featherweight division can stop him.
However, even though Holloway has now defended his belt twice with wins against Jose Aldo and Ortega, and defeated Aldo to win the belt he doesn’t believe he is the greatest featherweight ever.
“I’ve got to just keep winning, keep doing my job and keep winning fights and let you guys keep talking about it,” Holloway said at the post-fight press conference. “Personally, for me, I think Jose still is. I’m chasing him. He set the bar, and I’m still chasing that bar, and I’ve got to break it. People are saying this is a new era. I guess I’m setting the bar for the new era. When ‘The Blessed Era’ is here, ‘The Blessed Era’ is going to be in full effect.”
Ultimately, for Holloway, he believes he is on course to be the best featherweight ever. For now, he wants to be considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC and he is on course to do that.
“At the end of the day I just want to be the pound-for-pound No. 1,” Holloway said. “I’m the champion, and I keep defending my belt, I’ll be No. 1. If it’s up a weight class, it’s up, if it’s defending my throne. If I get to fight one of my good friends, ‘The Daddest Man on the Plant’ [Daniel Cormier] for that title, bring it on Kung Fu Panda. I’ve got you, ‘DC.’ I can see him very soon.”
Even though Holloway doesn’t think he is the all-time best featherweight, UFC President Dana White thinks he has to be in the conversation.
“It’s impossible not to talk about him among the all-time greats,” White said.
For now, the talk is if whether Holloway will go up to lightweight. If he stays at featherweight he plans on continuing to defend and make sure he is the best featherweight ever.