MAX HOLLOWAY shall be ‘only a name away’ if the UFC want a substitute for both Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier.
Holloway main-events the first of three events in Abu Dhabi, with McGregor and Poirier closing the present per week afterward January 23.
Max Holloway shall be ‘only a name away’ if the UFC want a substitute for both Conor McGregor or Dustin PoirierCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will rematch on UFC 257 Credit score: Getty – Contributor
The previous featherweight king has fought, and misplaced, to each UFC 257 headliners up to now, however will supply his companies to combat them once more if wanted.
Holloway, 29, who faces Calvin Kattar, 32, would make use of staying on Battle Island as a possible substitute for McGregor, 32, or Poirier, 31.
He advised South China Morning Post: “First issues first, we’ve received Kattar. However I by no means rely nothing out. UFC, I’m only a name away.
“Any weight can get it. I’m prepared to combat at something.
“I’m a modern-day gladiator and the final time I checked these gladiators again within the day didn’t stroll round with a scale.”
McGregor beat Holloway in solely his second UFC combat, two years earlier than first successful gold in 2015.
A yr prior Poirier additionally claimed victory over the Hawaiian.
However their rematch in 2019 for the interim light-weight title was a five-round thriller, which Holloway was again on the losing side of.
Since then, he moved again down the featherweight however after a two yr reign, Alexander Volkanovski inherited the 145lb throne.
Conor McGregor beat Max Holloway in 2013 Credit score: Getty – Contributor
Dustin Poirier twice beat Max Holloway
Many felt Holloway was unlucky to stroll away of their rematch empty handed following a contentious decision on Fight Island in July.
Now, the ex-champion returns to the Center East and can combat with out a title on the road for the primary time since 2016.
And he’ll achieve this towards Kattar, who has misplaced simply twice in his eight UFC fights.
Holloway mentioned: “Folks preserve speaking about his boxing. Folks discuss my boxing so much. I simply can’t wait to go in there and blend it up.
“That is MMA. My jiu-jitsu is an entire totally different a part of my recreation that folks don’t actually get to see. I like jiu-jitsu.
“So, we’ll see what occurs. If I’ve received to go somewhat deeper within the bag for that, then so be it.”