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UFC featherweight Thiago Tavares calls out Max Holloway: ‘I know I can beat him’

Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

If Max Holloway wants to try going 5-0 in 2014, Thiago Tavares is open to a featherweight clash.

Tavares, who successfully cut down to 145 pounds with submission win over Robbie Peralta in August, spoke to about his recently calling out Holloway on Twitter.

"I believe it’s going to be a great fight because he’s a complete athlete and always does great fights," Tavares told "He’s always well trained and has dominated his opponents.

"I want this fight because it would be a great one, and both have a great shot at winning," he continued. "But what I really want is work and fight against the best. I really like challenges, and I know I can beat him."

Tavares, who fought only once this year due to back-to-back injuries, is willing to fight in December or early 2015.

"I can fight anytime UFC wants," he said, "but I would like to fight from December."

Holloway finished every opponent in his current four-fight streak, stopping Will Chope, Andre Fili, Clay Collard and Akira Corassani, and Tavares believes he wouldn’t run from a fight against him.

"I think it would be a great match-up," Tavares said. "He doesn’t go in there with to play by the book, he simply goes there to fight and does everything he can to win."

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