Max Holloway stepping in keeps main event, raises excitement for UFC 223

Max Holloway says he has more work to do before being featherweight GOAT

Max Holloway had his third title defense as he beat Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC 240.

Of course, Holloway now has defended his title against Jose Aldo, Brian Ortega, and now Edgar. Whether or not that makes him the greatest featherweight of all-time is to be seen. But, according to the Hawaiian, he says he needs more work in order to say that.

“Frankie is a true warrior,” he told the media (transcript via Sherdog). “He’s the guy who inspired me to be here. Without the guys like Frankie Edgar you would’ve have guys like me. Frankie was the inspiration. Drake said, ‘Train until your idols become your rivals.’ He’s why I’m here. He’s a beast. You can’t take nothing away from Frankie. He’s a legend.

“I’m trying to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, not the best featherweight in the world,” he added. “I’m trying to be the best pound-for-pound fighter and Frankie is one more step towards me completing that goal.”

Meanwhile, Max Holloway says he is just trying to become a legend. When that happens is to be seen, but he still admits Aldo is the best featherweight ever, even with two wins over him.

“I’m just trying to be a legend,” he said. “I’m trying to be the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and that’s the names I got to be up there with, and that’s respect. So like I said, all this GOAT talk and whatever, that doesn’t affect me. When it’s all said and done, I can sit back and relax, and [Jose] Aldo’s still the man. He’s still got the most wins, he’s got the most title defenses and so on. Until I beat those records, then maybe I can be in that conversation.”Regardless, many consider Max Holloway the best featherweight of all-time.

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Cole Shelton
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