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New weight-cutting requirements could force Max Holloway up to lightweight

Max Holloway vs Jose Aldo
Max Holloway vs Jose Aldo
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Max Holloway thinks it’s inevitable that he will move up to lightweight in the future.

The featherweight champion posted a picture of himself sitting at the UFC 223 press conference alongside two championship belts on Instagram over the weekend with a caption that read “It’s coming.”

On the latest episode of The MMA Hour, Holloway claimed that new weight-cutting restrictions would likely force him to move up a weight division in the coming years.

“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,” he told Ariel Helwani.

“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.”

Holloway claimed that he is already having trouble with new protocol that forces fighters to weigh in on arrival for fight week. If more rules are added, Holloway thinks it would become very difficult for him to compete as a featherweight.

“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),” he said.

“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.”

“Blessed” claimed that it is inevitable that he will move up to lightweight 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.”

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