Max Holloway has shared the octagon with Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor in the past and says he was in a position where he could have gotten another chance against either of them.
The former UFC featherweight champion suffered two losses to Poirier and one to McGregor throughout his career. Holloway was scheduled to headlining next Saturday’s UFC Vegas 31 event against Yair Rodriguez before suffering an injury he is currently rehabilitating.
Holloway was asked on Friday if he wanted the fight with Rodriguez to be re-booked and revealed that not only did he lose a main event due to the injury, but he lost his chance to possibly intervene for it. ‘UFC 264 this Saturday. main event between Poirier and McGregor.
“We’ll see what happens,” Holloway explained on the UFC 264 weigh-in show. “Anything can happen. Many of you didn’t know you replaced me for this main event [between Poirier and McGregor]. No one knew, I was going to get out earlier, put on some weight and see what happens.
“At the end of the day, the UFC loves to throw curved balls. One day you fight this guy, the next day you fight someone else.
With Holloway’s injury, former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos now serves as a backup fighter and managed to put on some weight on Friday.
Holloway made his octagon debut against Poirier at UFC 143 in February 2012 and was submitted in the first round. Just over 16 months later, he suffered a unanimous decision loss to McGregor in Boston at UFC Fight Night 26.
“Blessed” landed another blow to Poirier seven years later when they fought for an interim lightweight title in the main event of UFC 236, where Poirier claimed a unanimous decision victory.
After sharing the cage with both fighters and learning from McGregor de Poirier’s second round at UFC 257 in January, Holloway believes there’s a big key to the trilogy fight that hasn’t learned enough. attention.
“The only thing everyone is talking about is the kicking in the legs, but no one is talking about the teardown,” Holloway said. “Conor’s defense against Khabib was much better than against Dustin. Ultimately, the thing Dustin talks about with Conor, I think are eliminations, and if he takes Conor out, we might be in a world of surprise again.