Max “Blessed” Holloway enters the cage tonight to face Charles Oliveira in what most fans agree is among the year’s most promising fights — in one of MMA’s most competitive divisions.
Some fans go as far as to describe it as a title eliminator — and a fight which could determine the next challenger to the UFC 145 lb. title.
The 23 year old Holloway, who is 13-3 in MMA and 9-3 in the UFC, however, doesn’t go that far. He would like to see Frankie Edgar, the former lightweight champion who famously beat Holloway’s fellow Hawaiian BJ Penn in three bouts, get a chance at the featherweight strap next.
“A lot of people are saying it is a number one contender’s fight, I beg to differ,” Holloway said in an interview with MMA Junkie. “I think Frankie [Edgar] deserves his shot. We’ll see what happens.”
Instead, Holloway calls the bout tonight “a make-you-or-break-you fight.”
“You lose in the UFC and you start from the bottom, again,” he says. “It’s a big fight for me and Oliveira and we’ll see who wants it more.”
Holloway, who uses the song “Hawaiian Kickboxer” (sung by fellow Oahu native Moki Boy) for his entrances to the Octagon, describes his striking skills as a match for anyone in the world.
“I go around telling myself I’m the best striker in the world; not in the division, in the world,” he said. “I could go to GLORY and fight any kickboxer. I don’t care. That’s what I want to do. I want to prove I’m the best striker and that’s just how I feel. It’s confidence.”