UFC interim featherweight champion Max Holloway appeared recently on Submission Radio, following the announcement that he would be having a unification fight with division champion Jose Aldo at UFC 212 in Brazil. Some fighters are not fond of fighting Brazilians in Brazil, with the crowd chanting “You Will Die.”
“As soon as I found the contract that I had the contract in my email, I emailed it back in one minute signed. This is what kings do. Kings go to other kings’ villages and they take over. That’s what I plan on come June 3rd. I will go there and show everybody why I’m the king. And what better place to do it than in his backyard, in his old village? So it’s what kings do. I’m gonna show the world once again why I’m one of the best fighters to ever grace the Octagon.”
“That’s the beauty of MMA, man, I’d rather show than talk. And I tell people all the time, tune in June 3rd, you guys are gonna see. You guys are gonna see. This guy is a legend. I respect him, of course, but at the end of the day, he’s gotta see me at the end of the day on June 3rd in that octagon. I will show the world, I will show the world. I’ve been telling you guys, it’s time to jump ships now. It’s time to jump ship now, because on June 3rd it’s gonna be another one. It’s gonna be another one and I’m gonna leave you guys scratching your head, thinking like, oh damn, what’s next?”
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is trolling, claiming he still holds the 145 belt; Blessed is not impressed.
“I don’t know what people are talking about when they say that he’s still the champion,” said Holloway. “If he’s still the champion, why doesn’t he have the belt?”
“He can say all he wants, but at the end of the day he don’t have the title anymore. Just move on. If he was really the champ he would have came down to fight and defended it when the UFC asked him to do it a bunch of times. But it didn’t happen, it didn’t work out and now we’ve moved on. It’s like, stop talking about the past. Everybody keeps bringing up the past, the past. We’re living in the present, this is the present. This is now and what he did was in the past. This is the present and come June 3rd I will show everyone what the present and the future is gonna start looking like.”
Aldo has considered moving up to lightweight for a rematch with McGregor. Blessed is not impressed with that, either.
“Ah man, it’s just crazy, man. It’s crazy,” said Holloway. “I thought we were all men here. They’re trying to chase one guy around, like trying to get this and that. It is what it is. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. You know, I ain’t chasing nobody. I’m gonna make my damn self my own money fight. And I was kind of irritated.”
Does Holloway aim to be a two-division champion?
“We’ll see what happens when the time comes,” he said. “People keep on forgetting I’m only 25. I’m growing, I’m a Hawaiian Samoan. Us Polynesians like to eat, so we’ll see what happens. But I wanna defend the 145 belt. That’s on my mind. I want to get it, I want to defend it a bunch of times. I’ll do my thing here. Like I said before, I’m not trying to race through the division, I’m trying to kill it. I’m trying to destroy these guys.”
“I don’t want there to be no what-ifs – ‘what if Max fought this guy, what if Max fought that guy?’ I wanna fight them all. I wanna fight them and show them, like no, this is mine, I run this division. That’s what I want to do. So we’ll see what happens though. We’ll see how my body reacts, we’ll see what happens. Our body changes fight to fight, so we’ll see how long I can keep this cut up. The cut’s been fine, for me it’s been fine, and I just listen to my body, and when it’s time go up, it’s time to go up.”
The UFC feels Holloway’s potential, and are starting to put their marketing muscle behind him. He is set to appear in an upcoming action thriller with 50 Cent and Gerard Butler.
“I got the movie through UFC,” said Holloway. “Dana White called me, asked me if I want to be in it. You know, I was supposed to fight. Everyone thought I was running away from Jose Aldo just because I didn’t want to take the fight on February 11th. I saw a doctor [who] told me I couldn’t take a fight because of my ankle. If you look at it, I never ran away from a fight in my life, so why would I start now? I definitely wasn’t scared against Jose Aldo, come on. It was crazy, people were giving me this and that. And when you look at it, I fought Cub on lesser, shorter notice after a fight. And I fought Cub in April, like April 18th, and I fought in February 14th. You know, today I fought Cole Miller and then the next month I fought in April. Whatever, so that was crazy.
“But the movie role [came about] because the UFC came up with it. They knew I couldn’t fight in February. I got offered the movie role and I took it because he (Aldo) was running his mouth, saying that he was gonna fight for the interim 155 title in March. And after his fights, you know he takes a little while off. So I was like, I was not gonna wait around for this guy. And the shoot is in March to April, so I was like, you know what, let’s do it.
“I had to try out for the part too, so there was no guarantee I’d get it, but I said I’d rather do something with my time instead of sit around and wait for the guy. And here it is, I got the movie part. I sent a video that I had to do, you know, reading the lines and they liked it. And here I am, I’m gonna be up there. I’m gonna leave to be up there to shoot pretty soon and It’s gonna be a month of shooting, and then right when I get back to Hawaii it’ll be straight on full-blown camp and make history come June 3rd.”
Max Holloway fights Jose Aldo at UFC 212 on June 3, 2017 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,