Max Holloway Responds to Islam Makhachev’s Critique of UFC 300 Fight Plans

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Max Holloway hits back at Islam Makhachev’s ‘useless fight’ comments ahead of UFC 300

In a recent interview on Demetrious Johnson’s MIGHTYCast podcast, Max Holloway addressed Islam Makhachev’s remarks before UFC 300. Holloway criticized Makhachev for not taking fights when he was healthy, particularly pointing out the opportunity to fight Justin Gaethje in February.

He questioned Makhachev’s complaints about not getting fights, suggesting that he only fights when it suits him, citing Ramadan as a reason for not taking certain fights. Holloway highlighted the inconsistency in Makhachev’s actions, particularly in contrast to other fighters who are willing to fight more frequently.

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Max Holloway (Credits: MMA Weekly)

Makhachev last defended the UFC lightweight title against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 294 and is expected to return later in the year, potentially against Gaethje or Dustin Poirier. Holloway’s critique suggests that Makhachev’s selective scheduling could hinder his career progression and impact potential matchups.

Holloway sees a potential win over Gaethje as a pathway to entering the UFC lightweight title conversation, hinting at his interest in competing in different weight classes, including a possible return to featherweight to challenge Ilia Topuria, the newly crowned UFC featherweight champion.

As tensions rise ahead of potential matchmaking, Makhachev has yet to respond to Holloway’s comments. The exchange between the two fighters underscores the competitive nature of the UFC and the scrutiny fighters face regarding their fight scheduling decisions. Holloway’s critique points to a broader conversation within the MMA community about the importance of consistency and willingness to take on challenging matchups to advance in the sport.


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