Waianae’s Holloway to face ‘dangerous’ Ricardo Lamas at UFC 199

Max Holloway warms up before fighting Jeremy Stephens in a featherweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The pride of Waianae, Max Holloway, will put his eight-fight win streak in the UFC on the line June 4 against fifth-ranked featherweight Ricardo Lamas.

Holloway (15-3), the number-four fighter in the division, finalized his contract Wednesday to take on Lamas (16-4) on the main card of UFC 199 in Los Angeles.

“Ricardo Lamas is number five for a reason,” Holloway said. “I think this fight makes sense. Number four took his spot without fighting him, so it make sense to fight him. He’s a dangerous dude. He’s gotten to fight the top competition out there.”

Holloway hasn’t lost since falling to current featherweight champion Conor McGregor on Aug. 17, 2013.

Lamas has won seven of his last nine bouts, only falling to former champ Jose Aldo and top contender Chad Mendes in that span.

The 24-year-old Holloway is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Jeremy Stephens on Dec. 12. He doesn’t fear fighting a top-five ranked opponent for the first time in his career.

“Ricardo, all respect to him, but you gotta have self-belief that you think you’re the man, and I have that self-belief,” Holloway said. “I’m always improving, always trying to get one percent better every day, so by the time we get in there, it’s a whole different Max Holloway.”

Hilo’s BJ Penn is also scheduled on the UFC 199 card to face Dennis Siver in a featherweight bout.

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