From winning and defending the UFC Featherweight division title to his patented cupcake celebrations after he cuts down to 145 pounds, Max Holloway isn’t shy about his taste for the sweeter things in life.
But due to new weight-cut regulations that could be put in place, Holloway might have to enjoy the fruits of his labor in the top-heavy UFC Lightweight division.
“If they change a few things around, I’m probably not going to be able to make 145,” Holloway said this past Monday on MMAFighting’s The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. “If it happens, it happens. If UFC keeps making new rules, I most definitely might have to step up. There ain’t no denying it.”
Holloway hasn’t missed weight despite looking gaunt during his past few weigh-ins. But the state of California could cause a potential roadblock for the Hawaiian and Samoan fighter.
The California State Athletic Commission has already marked some fighters, such as bantamweight contender Marlon Moraes, for recommendations to move up a weight class after weighing in on fight day well over the commission’s regulations of staying within 10 percent of the contracted weight.
Currently the champion at 145 pounds, Holloway has his eyes on the 155-pound division not just to chase superfights and a second belt, but also because he has to.
“One hundred and fifty-five might come sooner rather than later, so we’ll see what happens … I’m a big boy for featherweight, so 155 is going to happen,” Holloway said. “Sooner or later, we don’t know when, we’re just waiting. But when the time comes, it comes.”
In typical Holloway fashion, “It is what it is” will be his calling card if he has to move up a weight class.
“Every time I check my weight they’re in disbelief, but I’m like, ‘I’ve never missed weight in my life,’” he said. “I don’t know why they’re giving me a hard time, but medically if they’re the rules, then medically I probably won’t be able to make it because of their rules with the (weight) cuts.”
If Holloway were to move up to the lightweight division, the potential for a rematch with Conor McGregor could be in his future, as could potential bouts with interim champion Tony Ferguson and No. 1 contender Khabib Nurmagomedov, the latter of whom has already expressed a desire to drop to down to the featherweight division.
For the time being, Holloway faces Frankie Edgar March 3rd in Las Vegas in the main event of UFC 222.
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