More than a hundred days removed from capturing the undisputed UFC featherweight championship beating future Hall-of-Famer Jose Aldo in his native Brazil, Waianae’s Max Holloway remains in limbo regarding his first title defense.
Fourteen weeks ago, UFC President Dana White told KHON2 that a fight with Frankie Edgar was being worked on before the end of 2017 as part of any of the six remaining pay-per-view events at that time.
However, with just three months remaining on the calendar and just five PPV cards available, there is still no traction on a title defense for Holloway.
In fact, the 25-year-old hasn’t spoken to the UFC regarding a fight in weeks.
So what’s the holdup?
According to Holloway, he’s due for a new contract, which was promised to him before winning the title and he plans to stand his ground until he gets one.
“Now we’re just taking it one step at a time still yet. I can’t force something. I’m not going to rush something. I’m not going to get mad over something that I have no control over,” Holloway told KHON2 sports director Rob DeMello Wednesday following a workout at Tactical Strength and Conditioning in Honolulu. “Like I said, I can control my feelings and that’s what I am focusing on, myself. It’s only giving me more time to get better, you know? Don’t poke the bear. They’re poking at me right now, but they’re going to see on fight night, so I can’t wait. I’m only getting better.
“I’m just asking for a fair shake. You see a lot of these guys, a lot of these other champions making what they’re making. I’m not trying to take anything away from them, but I feel like I’m one of the more exciting fighters under contract in the UFC. At the end of the day, I’m the king. I’m in my throne, you know? If you want to come see me, come see me,” Holloway continued.
The end-of-the-year card on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas currently has no main event. Holloway told DeMello that he is scheduled to meet with UFC brass this weekend in Las Vegas.
“My last couple of fights have been out of country. Let me come home. Let me come to the ninth island, as close as we can get to UFC Hawaii, so give me that,” Holloway said.
Edgar remains as the most likely opponent if a deal can be done, however, Cub Swanson and a rematch with Aldo have been mentioned in discussions.