Max Holloway Claps Back at Critics Ahead of UFC 300

"Max Holloway: "We are not the same."

Featherweight Champion’s Lightweight Leap

Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway has grown weary of critics ahead of his pivotal clash against Justin Gaethje at UFC 300. Following an unsuccessful prior venture into the lightweight division, Holloway acknowledges his loss to Dustin Poirier but assures fans of his improved readiness. The ex-champion vows a stronger preparation this time, aiming to solidify his place in the lightweight division.

On previous lightweight match: “Everyone brings up the fight against Poirier in lightweight. No excuses. I only had a six-week camp for that. This time, we had ten or more weeks… So, I feel strong. I feel amazing. I can’t wait to go out there and prove it. You want to see the difference? Don’t miss April 13. You will see the difference.”

Striking Success and Challenges Ahead

Renowned as one of UFC’s top strikers, Holloway has dominated the featherweight division, with his only recent losses coming against Alexander Volkanovski. At UFC 300, he steps up in weight to vie for the “BMF” belt against Gaethje, a true lightweight with formidable striking power. A victory could potentially position Holloway for a title shot against division champion Islam Makhachev.

On being different: “I see people are shocked, like, ‘Oh, Max talks like this, weighs in for heavyweight, asks Francis Ngannou to fight him.’ Come on, man. Do you think I care? That’s why I’m different compared to you. That’s why many fighters have a completely different mentality. Even some fighters worry about certain weights. Why?”

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Addressing the Skeptics

Despite his accomplishments and the stakes of his upcoming bout, some fans question Holloway’s decision to face Gaethje. In a recent video, Holloway directly addresses his detractors.

On fighting anyone: “If you’re on the pound-for-pound list, you should be willing to fight anyone.”


On personal limits: “I’m tired of everyone telling me what I should think and do, limiting me. Just because you limit yourself doesn’t mean you should limit others. My limit is the sky, I aim for the stars, other universes. We are not the same.”

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