It remains to be seen if we in fact, see Max Holloway fight in 2018, but based off comments the UFC featherweight champ recently made, it looks like that could indeed happen.
Holloway hasn’t fought now since last December, when he stopped Jose Aldo for a second time, but not for a lack of trying. The champ was supposed to fight Frankie Edgar in March, but he was forced out of the bout due to an ankle injury. Then in April, Holloway was tapped to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov, but he encountered issues while cutting weight and wasn’t cleared to fight.
Then, shortly before he was supposed to fight Brian Ortega in July at UFC 226, Holloway was pulled from the fight due to concussion like symptoms. That withdrawal prompted widespread concerns about Holloway’s long term health, and when he’d be able to fight again. But, more recently it’s been reported the Hawaiian fighter is feeling much better, and on the latest “UFC Tonight”, Holloway announced the following (quotes via MMA Weekly):
“The good thing is all the concussion experts and stuff, they said that I’m clear and free from all of that,” Holloway said. “We saw some doctors about my health with my potassium levels and stuff was great so we can cut out that whatever weight cut thing that people was saying.
“The great thing is we don’t really have an answer but at the end of the day, they’re clearing us to fight. The big things that everybody was worried about, it’s not that so I’m excited. It’s time to get back to work, where I belong in that Octagon and can’t wait to get back to what I love.”
So, this is clearly fantastic news, and it comes not long after it was reported the UFC is looking at the December 8th, UFC 231 card in Toronto, Ontario, for Holloway – Ortega. While discussing those reports, Holloway relayed:
“We’ll see what happens,” Holloway said. “As everybody saw, I found out the same way that everybody found out about some fight in Toronto. I found out from the internet. Some media guy texted me ‘hey congrats on the fight, champ, when do you want to talk about it? Let me know’. I was like what fight? I didn’t text him back. I went on the internet and saw the news going crazy.”
Holloway also reportedly confirmed that indeed, the UFC is targeting December 8th for a bout with Ortega, but that nothing is signed yet. If that fight does in fact get signed, it will be a big bolster for the UFC’s upcoming pay-per-view schedule.