Max Holloway found a way to extend his fight win streak, which now stands at 13 after beating Brian Ortega to defend his undisputed featherweight strap.
Holloway made his return to the Octagon after a long time away due to injury and, whatever other health issues he ran into. Holloway’s health was a topic of discussion before UFC 231 as well, but nonetheless, Holloway turned in yet another impressive performance. If not for the chin and the heart of Brian Ortega, the fight would have been over much sooner than it was. Doctors called a stoppage at the end of round 4 due to swelling on Ortega’s eye that closed the eye completely.
Defeating Ortega means Holloway has no contenders to fight next without a few title eliminator matchups. However, Holloway has become a star for the organization, so the options are endless.
Potential matchups for Max Holloway
Holloway vs Moicano
Renato Moicano is on a 2-fight win streak with his last loss being to Brian Ortega in a fight he was most likely winning before he allowed himself to go to the ground late in round 3. Moicano was beating Ortega on the feet in a similar fashion that Holloway was able to do. Moicano’s most recent win against Cub Swanson in dominant fashion put him in up with the top few who deserve a shot at the title. Moicano would have plenty of momentum going into this fight and would have even more if he defeats Jose Aldo at UFC Fortaleza. What makes this fight even more interesting is that Moicano has never faced Holloway, so let's hope we get to see these two scrap inside the Octagon in future.
Holloway vs Nurmagomedov
Holloway vs Ferguson
Holloway vs Edgar
Holloway vs McGregor 2
This is the fight that people seem to be excited about, and for good reason. Much like Khabib, Conor is still suspended, but it appears as though he will be facing a lighter suspension. This makes the matchup here more likely. There is history to settle here as well, as McGregor is the last one to have bested Holloway. These two are both range management experts, with fantastic striking prowess. The last match up between these two was an incredible fight that went the distance, and this fight in a new weight class could be just as exciting as the first. McGregor seems to call most of his own shots, but this is a fight the fans want to see.