Former Featherweight champion Max Holloway displayed a spectacular performance on Saturday night, defeating Calvin Kattar (22-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) with a Loopsided Unanimous decision in the main event of UFC on ABC 1, which took place at the Ethiad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
The UFC president Dana White believes that Holloway (22-6 MMA, 18-6 UFC) deserved another crack at the current featherweight champion champion Alexander Volkanovski, to whom he has already lost two unanimous decisions.
“I think we have to (give Holloway a third shot),” White told reporters, including MMA Junkie, during Saturday’s post-fight news conference. “I think we have to. I mean, when you’re the champion, you have the top five guys in the world gunning at you. When you’re the No. 1 contender in the world, you’ve got the top 10 guys in the world. Sometimes, No. 8 is more dangerous than No. 3.
“Tonight, he fought a bad dude that a lot of people thought was going to beat him. He went out and treated him like No. 6, so he did what he needed to do in spectacular fashion tonight. I think that he deserves to fight Volkanovski again.”
Volkanovski has been reluctant in giving Holloway a trilogy and another chance to win the belt he originally lost in their first meeting. However , Dana White is making it clear, Holloway brings the biggest threat to his title reign and will some have no choice but to face the Hawaiian standout ones again.
“Listen, he’s got this Ortega fight coming up,” White said. “I think for a guy like him to watch this fight tonight when he’s the No. 1 contender – and like I said to you guys tonight, a lot of people whom I respect thought Calvin Kattar was going to win this fight tonight – the way that he looked, Volkanovski can’t even deny Max deserves another shot.”
Holloway will definitely be granted a third fight but that might not be Volkanovski, who will have to face top contender Brian Ortega in the Co main event of UFC 260. The fight was announced alongside the main event which will be a Heavyweight title rematch between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou.