After another thrilling win on Saturday night against Yair Rodriguez it seems that Max Holloway could now be in line for a trilogy fight with featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski next.
That’s the word according to Dana White, who admitted backstage after the show that it’s the fight he wants to see, even though Volkanovski already holds two victories over the former champ.
“It’s one of those things – it was razor thin [the last time Volkanovski and Holloway fought to split decision], (Holloway) just comes in and puts on a performance like this,” White said at the post-fight press conference. “This is just a guy that Volkanovski’s going to have to just him out of the way and do it again.”
The second fight between the two was very close and there were those who believed Holloway had done enough to get the nod, with media outlets weighing heavily in his favor at the time by 18-9.
Since then Volkanovski has continued to keep a solid grip on the belt with a convincing unanimous decision win over Brian Ortega, while Holloway put on a masterclass of striking against Calvin Kattar at the start of the year and on Saturday night came out on top in what many people are now citing as a strong ‘Fight Of The Year’ candidate.
“It’s one of the best fights I’ve ever seen,” White said. “The fact that Yair was off for two years and comes in and puts on a performance like this, unheard of. It’s incredible.
“Then Max, I didn’t think he was going to make it out of the second round with the calf kicks, and then he after made it to the next round, I’m like he’s probably not going to be able to walk out of the octagon by himself. He’s walking around back there like nothing even happened. He said his leg is fine. It’s unbelievable how tough this guy is.”
As such White seems confident that Holloway has earned another title shot, while also shooting down the idea that ‘Blessed’ could fight Conor McGregor instead.
“I don’t know what’s next for Max,” White said. “It does make sense to see him and Volkanovski again, but we’ll get that figured out. Conor’s not even [ready to fight]. Conor’s still hurt. To even talk about Conor is silly.”