Featherweight contender Max Holloway might fight for a title shot next year but that’s the last thing he wants to think about prior to his match with Jeremy Stephens on December 12.
With seven straight wins, Holloway has moved into the top five of the division but he is still not ready to talk about championships yet at least until he gets past Stephens this weekend.
In an interview with Fox Sports, Holloway said: “I’m not overlooking Jeremy. The title shot’s there but it’s like I don’t even care. I’m not going to get all head over heels until I sign a contract saying that I’m fighting for a title. Jeremy’s a big test in front of me. I can’t forget when people start looking ahead they stumble. I don’t want to be one of those people. It’s one fight at a time and Jeremy is the next guy.”
“My win streak and my past performances, I don’t really look at it too much,” Holloway said in the interview.
“I don’t like to soak it in. When I’m retired and with my grandchildren, then I can soak it in. Right now, you don’t have time to look back. We have a short window to be great and I want to take advantage of that.”
Jose Aldo who next fights Conor McGregor in the main event at UFC 194 was all praise for Holloway as he listed Holloway’s name in the list of top contenders in the division and Holloway is more than happy and excited about it as Fox Sports quotes Holloway saying: “I thought that was cool. I found out on Instagram, somebody tagged me on the video, and the way he was talking about me it was very humbling. He’s a great guy and it’s great to be put on his radar. That’s the guy you want to be aware of you.”
If past experiences are anything to go by then Holloway is for a joyful ride his first fight in the UFC, he joined Stephens at his training camp prior to Stephens’ bout against Anthony Pettis and saw the veteran’s first hand moves and punches. Hopefully, Holloway uses this knowledge to help him in this fight.