Max Holloway is making headlines once again, as the former UFC featherweight champion recently teased a move to 155 pounds for a chance at the coveted “BMF” belt.
If Holloway follows through with his plans, it could potentially mean the end of his long and successful reign at featherweight.
He expressed his interest in the belt by stating “That BMF belt would look real nice in my collection”.
It remains to be seen whether or not Max Holloway will follow through on his plans to move up in weight class, but it’s an intriguing prospect for fans to consider.
Max Holloway hints at a possible move to the lightweight division
Max Holloway has hinted at a potential move to the lightweight division, leaving fans and fellow fighters buzzing with excitement. The Hawaiian featherweight champion is no stranger to exploring different weight classes, having already moved up to 155 pounds once before, back in 2019 when he faced Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight title.
In a recent interview, Holloway talked about the appeal of holding multiple belts across different divisions, saying, “For sure, there’s the other belts. … But it’s always better to go to a different division while you’re holding a belt. That’s just what it is.”
But it’s not just about collecting more belts for Holloway. He also has his eye on the highly-coveted BMF (Baddest Mother F*r) belt that was introduced for the bout between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz. As Holloway said, “We saw that fun BMF belt, with Gaethje and Poirier.
Me and Poirier fought two times [already] and people keep harassing me about Gaethje anyway. At the end of the day, that would be fun at ‘55. I know there are a lot of fun fights for me at ‘55, maybe [Charles] Oliveira two, and of course I never got to finish the thing with Khabib [Nurmagomedov] but Islam [Makhachev] is there so that would be a great thing.”
If Holloway were to move up to lightweight, it would have implications for his current featherweight title. He could either vacate the belt, leaving it up for grabs for other featherweight contenders, or he could try to defend it while also competing at 155 pounds, similar to what Conor McGregor did when he held the featherweight and lightweight belts simultaneously.
As for the reaction from the MMA community, fans and fighters alike seem eager to see what Holloway could do in the lightweight division. And with the possibility of facing top contenders like Charles Oliveira or Islam Makhachev, there’s no shortage of intriguing matchups for him.
While nothing is set in stone yet, Holloway is definitely considering a move up to lightweight, saying, “We’ll see what happens. Like I said, we’ll see the lay of the land. Never say never. I know people shouting out that BMF belt. That BMF belt would look real nice in my collection.” As always, fans will be eagerly watching to see what moves Holloway makes next.