Max Holloway is not a huge rush to make a weight class change.
Holloway will defend his featherweight title against rising contender Brian Ortega at the upcoming UFC 226 pay-per-view event.
During the UFC 226 media conference call, Holloway broke down why he’s interested in going up to lightweight. However, he noted that the division is a bit logjam at the moment and thus, he may wait to make the change.
“At the end of the day, Dana White said it, he said it when I took that fight [against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223], that thing was projecting at doing as big as [UFC] 205 and you guys know how big that 205 was, that’s a million plus buys,” Holloway said during the UFC 226 media conference call (transcript courtesy of MMANytt). “We’ll see what happens.”
“155 [pounds] right now, no disrespect to the guys up there but it’s a logjam,” Holloway said. “It’s been a logjam for two years. 145 we’ve got everything rolling. We had a logjam and now we’re rolling, we’ll keep the ball rolling. If we go up there, who would I fight? I don’t know who they’d want me to fight. There’s Khabib or whoever. We’ll see what happens.”
“Of course I’m definitely going to go up,” Holloway said. “It’s just a matter of time, who’s left at 45 and then medically wise, too. There’s a bunch of questions that we can sit down and talk to the UFC after this fight but first things first I’ve got business to handle at 45, a throne to defend and I’ve got one of the biggest fights of my life coming up next week.”
UFC 226 is set to take place on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier for the heavyweight title will headline this show while Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega for the featherweight title will serve as the co-main event.
Rounding out this five bout main card is Derrick Lewis vs. Francis Ngannou in a heavyweight bout, Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis in a lightweight bout, and Khalil Rountree vs. Gokhan Saki in a light heavyweight bout.