DETROIT – The sky is the limit for UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway after his victory over Jose Aldo in the UFC 218 main event. His current plans, however, are based solely on defending his belt on as long as possible.
Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) did a repeat of his winning title win over Aldo (26-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) at UFC 212 in June when he stopped "Scarface" by knockout third round technical at UFC 218 on Saturday, which took place at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and aired on PPV following the preliminaries on FS1 and UFC Fight Pbad.
Twitter reacts to Max Holloway's TKO over Jose Aldo in the UFC 218 title defense
The brilliant performance marked Holloway's 12th consecutive octagon victory, placing him in a rare company in terms of the longest winning streaks in the history of UFC. "Blessed" said at the post-fight press conference at UFC 218, attended by MMAjunkie, that he does not see himself slowing down soon. If things go their own way, Holloway not only sees himself as the best 145-pound champion in history, but could also compete in multiple weight categories.
"The only thing that will stop me is to do it medically, or can not do the weight," Holloway said. "I'm not going to force my body to do something I do not want, I'll go up to 155. I was talking to Michael Bisping and with them on the show (FS1 post-fight) and Michael told me:" Can you win another title? " .. I was like, "Michael, you're cutting." Maxi Baby short. & # 39; We Hawaiians love to eat, I want to go for four titles. (155), 170, 185. I could even be a heavyweight someday You know that our eating habits are bad in Hawaii, someday I could make history.
"This is what the champions do," he continued. "The champions defend. You are not a champion until you defend your title. I always want to bring stability (to the division). I want to show people, if you want to be a champion, that's how you do it. It took me 10 fights to get an interim belt and 11 to get the undisputed. I do not want anyone else to go through that. I want to be like (Demetrious Johnson), the boys appear and send you to the bottom of the barrel, annoying. Keep trying to catch up. "
UFC champion Max Holloway is not distracted by the records:" I want to be here for a long time "
It was not long ago when Aldo had an undisputed status as the best weight However, Holloway defeated the Brazilian twice in a row, and now the conversation must be reconsidered, Aldo still has many of the all-time records in the division, including a record seven consecutive title defenses. Holloway said he will not consider his superior legacy until he breaks all those records.
"This is huge," Holloway said. "People ask what this does to me. It makes me a man with two victories over Aldo and I have a lot more to achieve. He is the best of all time. He won seven, eight title defenses. I have to get things to date. The numbers do not lie. Women lie, men lie, but the numbers do not lie. I only have one defense. I have to catch up to catch up. He is still the GOAT, I still respect him and yet I go for that record. "
Holloway's perspective of being a champion is increasingly rare in today's sport scene, with many starters looking to collect super fights or change weight, but that's not how Holloway intends to move forward with his career, at least not yet.
The Hawaiian said he wants to be a clbadic type of champion who is willing to face everyone who arrives. Then, when it comes to the discussion about his next opponent, he said he just does not care who is standing in the octagon, because anyway he intends to beat them all at least once.
"These guys are cupcakes – I want the new flavor, "said Holloway." I want to know how the new flavor tastes. I know how others know, so it's great, it's okay. I will fight against everyone. Everyone will take Ls as I said. By the time you finish this division, when you look at the top 15, everyone will have an L next to their name. Some guys two, and you're lucky, you're going to have three.
"People want to get their money and leave the game, they want to establish the story or whatever and this and that," he continued. "Right now I'm focused on the champion life, I want to be a champion, I want to be a long-standing pen champion, I want to be in the history books everywhere, like a champion and this and that. When it starts to be good, I can start playing exhibition games for money and so on.At this moment, I think the world needs to know what a champion is like and I'm trying to stand up and say, that's how it is see a champion & # 39; not cry for nothing.If you think you're the best, come fight "Blessed."
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