Max Holloway is excited to be part of a big blockbuster card at UFC 226 on Saturday.
The featherweight champion Max Holloway will battles rising contender Brian Ortega in the co-main event of UFC 226 Pay-Per-View event this Saturday, July 7 from Las Vegas. ‘Blessed’ a winner of 12 consecutive fights, is coming off a back-to-back knock-out wins over Jose Aldo and hasn’t tasted a defeat since 2013. For Holloway, this super-fight is all about adding a legacy to his already great career and wants to be remembered as greatest of all time.
“It’s a legacy thing and when it’s all said and done, I want to leave a legacy in whatever way,” Holloway said in a conversation with Yahoo! Sports. “If not, if it’s helping the division, if it’s fighting big names, I just want to be remembered as one of the greatest all-time to ever do this in the sport. That’s just what I want to do. I sacrifice a lot of time away from my family, away from my son and I just want to make them proud, make my family proud and my fans crowd and, you know, leave a legacy,” he added.
Back in April, Holloway was supposed to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov on just six days’ notice at UFC 223 and had the chance to become only the second fighter in UFC history to hold two titles at the same time, but ‘Hawaiian-born fighter’ came overweight at the weigh-in. So New York State Athletic Commission deemed him unable to compete medically.
UFC 226 card marks two spectacular title bouts, which is headlined by a super fight between UFC heavyweight Stipe Miocic and UFC light heavyweight champions Daniel Cormier; meanwhile, Holloway says his co-main bout with Brian Ortega is also a super fight and just as big.
“You want to be a part of the big card,” Holloway said. “You want to be part of history. We got a match in the main event going for history. One of them trying to be the longest reigning defending heavyweight champion and one of them trying to hold two belts at the same time,” he added.
“And then, you have a big super fight. I’m not talking about the main event. I’m talking about the co-main event, too. It means a lot to me to be able to have this spot on this card. This is like the Super Bowl of the UFC, a blockbuster, a big blockbuster hit that comes out in the summer, this is it,” he concluded.
UFC 226 is set to take place this Saturday night July 7 from Las Vegas. Do you agree with Holloway’s statement?