As the UFC continues to fill out its schedule for 2017, it remains to be seen if Max Holloway will fight before the year is up, as the featherweight champ’s waiting on a new contract.
Holloway unified the interim and world title back in June, by taking out the legendary Jose Aldo in round three. With the win, Holloway extended his winning streak to an awe inspiring 11, and the Hawaiian fighter let it be known he wanted to get paid more.
Well, fast forward to today, and October is just two weeks away, but it remains to be seen when Holloway will make his first title defense. Recently the 25 year-old spoke with Khon2, and Holloway revealed that he still hasn’t received an offer, which will get him back in the Octagon.
“Now we’re just taking it one step at a time still yet. I can’t force something. I’m not going to rush something. I’m not going to get mad over something that I have no control over,” Holloway said. “Like I said, I can control my feelings and that’s what I am focusing on, myself. It’s only giving me more time to get better, you know? Don’t poke the bear. They’re poking at me right now, but they’re going to see on fight night, so I can’t wait. I’m only getting better.
“I’m just asking for a fair shake. You see a lot of these guys, a lot of these other champions making what they’re making. I’m not trying to take anything away from them, but I feel like I’m one of the more exciting fighters under contract in the UFC. At the end of the day, I’m the king. I’m in my throne, you know? If you want to come see me, come see me.”
There’s no question that Holloway has been on a ridiculous and entertaining run, so, it’s not surprising to see he’s waiting out for more money. It will be interesting to see if and when this gets resolved.
The UFC’s heavyweight champ, Stipe Miocic, is also sitting out until he gets a new deal. So, in a year where the UFC is struggling to book big fights, you have to wonder if they’ll meet the demands of two of their champs, so they can book a couple more championship fights for the upcoming schedule.
Holloway may not be one of the biggest names in the UFC yet, sure, but a fight with Frankie Edgar would move some tickets no?