Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway could be heading to the lightweight division after his trilogy with Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 276.
Holloway is a career featherweight, but the Hawaiian is no stranger to 155 pounds. “Blessed” once fought Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight title in a fight of the night at UFC 236. He lost via unanimous decision.
Now, just days away from his rematch with Volkanovski, Holloway is once again considering a move to 155. The 30-year-old says there are “interesting fights” at this weight class, teasing a potential showdown with the No. 1-ranked lightweight Charles Oliveira, who was stripped of the title for missing weight ahead of UFC 274.
“We’ll see what happens [on a move to lightweight]. Never say never, right,” Holloway told Ariel Helwani during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour (h/t MMA Fighting). “There are some interesting fights up there, especially with [Charles] Oliveira leading the pack and all. So we’ll see what happens. I can not wait. First up is Alex, July 2. Let’s bring balance to the world.
Holloway is 0-2 against Volkanovski at featherweight, so it will be interesting to see if the UFC veteran decides to move up to lightweight if he fails again this weekend.
UFC 276, which features Volkanovski vs. Holloway as the co-main event, takes place Saturday, July 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.