Max "Blessed" Holloway: Next Champ-Champ?
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So, good news and bad news. Starting with the bad news, Tony Ferguson is out. Again. That will be touched upon another time, but the good news is that Max "Blessed" Holloway has stepped up on 6 days notice and will fight Khabib for the Lightweight Championship to headline UFC 223. And let me tell you something, boys and girls, this is gonna be interesting.
To start off, Max is in position to become the second concurrent UFC Champ Champ, following in a certain Irishman's footsteps (more on that later), and has a legitimate chance. He always has great cardio, utilizes his space and range extremely well, and is just a tough dude. You pair that with having six days notice and that he is as game as anyone, he has a legitimate chance to take down Khabib and take that 0 from his record.
Of course, there are some issues, the largest being the man in the octagon. Khabib Nurmagomedov has shown, when healthy, to be a destroyer. Once he gets a hold of people, he breaks them, both physically and mentally. It will be a tall task for Max to avoid the takedowns of the Sambo specialist, but if he can, you had better not take your eyes off the screen because that man does special things.
If he should come out with a W on Saturday night, the next fight for him is stupidly clear: Conor McGregor. It would be the last man to defeat Holloway, the prior Champ-Champ and the shadow lurking in the division. Before, when Max was only a featherweight, it seemed like a pipe-dream merely because McGregor likely cannot healthily get back down to 145. But this fight changes everything. You get two double champions in one octagon to find out who is supreme, MMA fans will be like:
So, Max, do it for the fight. Do it for the fame. Do it for the (MMA) culture.
Even if he doesn't win, you already know that...