Changes to the UFC weight cut rules and regulations could spell the end of Max Holloway‘s reign as king of the UFC featherweight division. Holloway currently holds a 12 fight win streak in the featherweight division and is set to defend his belt for the second time at UFC 222 against veteran contender Frankie Edgar.
Holloway captured the interim featherweight title against Anthony Pettis at UFC 206. Six months later Holloway went on to capture the undisputed crown against Jose Aldo at UFC 212.
The prospect of moving up to lightweight is something Holloway has spoken about previously. Just three days ago he posted a photo on his Instagram account showing him sat at a table between two belts, again hinting that he has plans to step up a division, with the caption, “it’s coming”.
Speaking to Arial Helwani on The MMA Hour, Holloway explained how possible changes to the UFC weight cutting rules could force him up to lightweight sooner than expected.
“If they change a few things around, I’m probably not going to be able to make 145. If it happens, it happens. If UFC keeps making new rules, I most definitely might have to step up. There ain’t no denying it.”
“Everybody is talking about being champs and this and that. I’m a champion in my mindset. I’ve told you before, I’ve nothing but time on my side. Man, you might see me with two of these gold belts. Who knows? I’m trying to be a legend.”
“It’s just UFC with all this USADA, (the policing of) the weight cuts, you’ve got to be a certain weight when you’re checking in and blah blah blah — all of that medical stuff, that’s what I mean. If they start adding more medical stuff I probably would (move up),”
“Every time I check my weight they’re in disbelief, but I’m like, ‘I’ve never missed weight in my life.’ I don’t know why they’re giving me a hard time, but medically if they’re the rules, then medically I probably won’t be able to make it because of their rules with the (weight) cuts.
“155 might come sooner rather than later, so we’ll see what happens.”
Whatever happens with weight cutting rules, Holloway once again made it clear that he will be stepping up to 155lbs in the future.
“I’m a big boy for featherweight, so 155 is going to happen. Sooner or later, we don’t know when, we’re just waiting. But when the time comes, it comes.”