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Max Holloway takes wait-and-see strategy to UFC 300 struggle vs. Justin Gaethje: ‘It is simply totally different’

If Max Holloway’s main message heading into UFC 300 could be boiled down to three words, it might just be this: Wait and see. For the second time in his career, the former UFC featherweight champion will compete at lightweight when he takes on Justin Gaethje for the BMF title on the April 13 pay-per-view

Max Holloway takes wait-and-see strategy to UFC 300 struggle vs. Justin Gaethje: ‘It is simply totally different’


If Max Holloway’s predominant message heading into UFC 300 may very well be boiled down to a few phrases, it’d simply be this: Wait and see.

For the second time in his profession, the previous UFC featherweight champion will compete at light-weight when he takes on Justin Gaethje for the BMF title on the April 13 pay-per-view card at T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas.

The final time Holloway made this transfer, it was 5 years in the past to the day of UFC 300 – and issues didn’t go his approach when he fought Dustin Poirier for the interim light-weight title at UFC 236. The struggle was largely one-way site visitors, with Poirier winning a unanimous decision by scores of 49-46 throughout the board.

What ought to followers anticipate to be totally different from Holloway this time round?

“I really feel greater, I really feel stronger, I really feel sooner, mentally, bodily – bodily I really feel good,” Holloway advised MMA Junkie. “You guys are gonna see a distinction. You guys are gonna see a distinction right here in a little bit bit. Weigh-ins day, you guys are all gonna see. Even after we get in there with Justin, you guys are gonna see the distinction.”

Whereas Holloway isn’t one to make excuses, he did level out that he accepted the rematch with Poirier – Holloway also lost to him at featherweight in 2012 – on simply six weeks’ discover. That’s not the case right here because the UFC 300 showdown with Gaethje was booked in January.

“Everyone retains speaking concerning the Poirier struggle; I hate bringing it up,” Holloway mentioned. “However like I mentioned, we had six weeks to prepare for that. That’s barely a struggle camp. That’s not even a struggle camp. That’s form of loopy. This time we doubled that. We simply had time. We had time on our aspect for this one. There’s a variety of questions that individuals have been asking, and I can’t wait to (give) them solutions April 13.”

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He continued, “I ain’t gonna make no excuses now or by no means. I felt like on a regular basis that we had, we did the fitting steps, we did the fitting factor, and I went on the market, and I felt like I did effectively in that struggle. I felt like we acquired by way of the primary couple rounds, didn’t look too effectively, however I figured it out, and we acquired it stepping into there. However on the finish of the day, we didn’t get our hand raised. You recognize, I sound like a f*ckin’ little sore-ass loser, bro. That ain’t me.”

Not like 5 years in the past within the Poirier rematch, Holloway expects to have success in opposition to Gaethje as he’s taken the fitting measures to organize himself bodily and mentally for what may very well be Struggle of the Evening.

“I felt good with that second Dustin Poirier struggle. We did the fitting issues with the time that we had. I felt prefer it was a enjoyable struggle, it was an amazing struggle, we did effectively, however this struggle (vs. Gaethje) is simply totally different,” Holloway mentioned. “It’s simply totally different. 5 years actually to the date, I imagine, and also you guys get to see the distinction. I’m excited that I get to share the octagon with a future Corridor of Famer like Justin Gaethje, and also you guys get to see, man. You guys get to see the distinction. No extra speaking, we’re a little bit underneath two weeks away, and I can’t wait to point out you guys.”

After shedding a 3rd title struggle in opposition to then-145-pound champion Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 276, Holloway rattled off two consecutive victories in 2023 – a unanimous choice in opposition to Arnold Allen and a knockout of “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung.

A victory over Gaethje might safe Holloway a title shot vs. not too long ago topped featherweight champ Ilia Topuria – or it might make him rethink his profession path at light-weight.

Simply wait and see.

For extra on the cardboard, go to MMA Junkie’s occasion hub for UFC 300.

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