On Saturday, Max Holloway silenced every doubter who believed something had gone wrong with him this season that will negatively impact his fighting career, in addition to people who feared he wouldn’t make weight.
Instead, after his amazing performance of speed, stamina and accuracy with clear top rival Brian Ortega, Holloway, afterwards just two title defenses, had been talked of as perhaps the greatest feather weight of all-time.
Using the flip side , it’s hard to argue with what happened Saturday. However, Jose Aldo had a career of conflicts like a much longer run as winner. Still, Holloway demonstrably beat Aldo twice and he was just 30 when Holloway beat him to shoot name while Aldo had slipped out of a few years earlier.
And then, Dana White came forward and suggested that Holloway proceed to lightweight.
The first reaction is, why? However up on idea, out of a promoter’s standpoint, White’s point makes sense. There are matches and options available on match making Holloway at the loaded division that is lightweight compared to feather weight.
Champion vs. winner battles that were apparently almost impossible to assembled for years, are now happening frequently. Amanda Nunes is moving up in three weeks to confront Cris Cyborg at featherweight. TJ Dillashaw is moving down next month to confront Henry Cejudo at flyweight.
There are pitfalls and positives in those moves. We’ve ever already reached an era with so many championships a name fight in and of itself is no longer of wonderful interest to the public. But matching two winners comes with its own sheen. Nunes, at least on paper, should be Cyborg’s toughest career fight. And Dillashaw vs. Cejudo should be a high quality fight.
The drawback is that these battles hold up two divisions at the same time. Cyborg vs. Nunes also is reasonable for the same reason and also because it’therefore the most fascinating ladies ’therefore fight the firm can make right now. One could argue it’s the match from a competitive standpoint from the history of women & rsquo while it won & rsquo; t do listing boxoffice for women . Cyborg does not have any contenders, also none have beaten down the doorway to the purpose they can & rsquo; t wait anymore while Nunes has a couple.
After with conquered Jose Aldo two and dispatching Brian Ortega, does not have any contenders at feather weight ready. Frankie Edgar, the most logical competitor, is a legend in the sport, but he’s old and lost handily to Ortega.
But the division is a different narrative. It’s loaded with contenders and celebrities. Dustin Poirier additionally deserves one. And if he does or not, conor-mcgregor has to continually be in the dialog simply because no one can produce a name match too big. And isn’t counting on the come back to the division of Donald Cerrone.
It’s not the ideal time for Holloway vs. Nurmagomedov, however it’s a enormous fight that can be made after next year. If the idea is McGregor vs. Holloway, of course that’s a fight they could ’t turn down.
Whether Holloway will be to move today or later, because of depth, ” he ’ll have more big conflicts at lightweight compared to staying at feather weight.
However, if the aim is to be regarded as all-time’s greatest feather weight, he needs a few wins. When there is an objective about records, such as for example Anderson Silva series of 16 wins in a row, Holloway, tied for second at 13, is much better off not giving up size to perhaps do larger conflicts. Than only some guy within the mixture a burden division up, his name will probably be bigger as a dominant winner.
Enrolling for the interest of moving upward rsquo & doesn . Moving up like Dustin Poirier for a fight with somebody isn’t as huge as a name fight. Moving up for a title fight with Nurmagomedov, or Ferguson, once both match, is actually a fight that will be bigger. For UFC to offer the title fight to Holloway is just a slap at the face of Ferguson, also never an appreciable gap inbox office.
But Holloway can run out of contenders at 145. Right now there is just Edgar, now Renato Moicano and also the winner of this Dec. 2-9 Chad Mendes vs Alexander Volkanovsky combat. When rsquo or even he;s in a position to be completive at 155, rsquo he &;ll never run out of competitions.
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The best, and least likely best thing for Holloway would be to shield against McGregor (21-4). McGregor is the man to beat Holloway. McGregor fought most of his career at feather weight, also when chasing a name is McGregor’s goal, there is a narrative he ought to find a way to walk into to get this shooter. However, the odds are great McGregor could be taking a look at some body besides Holloway if so when he fights again.
At feather weight, Edgar (23-6-1) may be your name. Edgar, later losing to Ortega, came quickly to beat Cub Swanson. But, Moicano (13-1-1) beat Swanson quicker quicker, but Moicano isn’t the name Edgar is. If the Mendes vs. Volkanovsky fight ends using one fighter blowing out the flip, that winner may take the lead, but no matter what, still wouldn’t have the name value in the area as Edgar.
Therefore unless heor even rsquo;s offered McGregor or perhaps a name fight, Holloway has enough to keep him busy at feather weight for the time being, until either of those options opens upward.
Given Shevchenko has beaten Holly Holm, also was competitive twice with Amanda Nunes a weight division upward, she’therefore lone proven championship-level fighter at the division.
Eye has been begging for a title shot since winning three and debuting at the division.
The other possible competitor looks like Nicco Montano (4-2), the first winner, who was stripped of her name when she ended up hospitalized when cutting out weight for a planned Sept. 8 fight using Shevchenko for its name.
Eye may be the proven of this 2, but right now there is no one in the division Shevchenko wouldn’t be favored contrary to, and her biggest fights could be at bantamweight.
JOANNE JEDRZEJCZYK – Jedrzejczyk has said she wants to move down to strawweight whether she could possibly get a title shot, but poses a problem.
Having lost two to winner Rose Namajunas, it would be tough to book her time soon contrary to the current winner. Additionally, it makes no sense for her to take either Tatiana Suarez or even Nina Ansaroff simply carrying them out of the name picture whilst not putting her in it.
THIAGO SANTOS – After winning among the most exciting fights of 2018, Santos (20-6) have to perform a re match with Anthony Smith (31-13). Santos conquer Smith on Feb. 3, but Smith has gone on a rip with win within Rashad Evans, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Volkan Oezdemir. A Santos vs. Smith winner could get a title shot at whoever ends up as the winner once the dust clears with Daniel Cormier likely strippedoff, and the Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson fight on Dec. 2-9.
The next fight for Ansaroff should be Tatiana Suarez (7-0). The winner of this fight should face the winner of the very most logical second name fight with winner Rose Namajunas (8-3)_ against Jessica Andrade (19-6).