ATLANTA – Max Holloway got wind of Dustin Poirier's opinion that he was going to "knock out that (abusive) mother" in UFC 236, and his answer is daring.
Holloway (20-3 MMA, 16-3 UFC), the UFC featherweight champion who is moving towards lightweight to play the title against Poirier (24-5 MMA, 16-4 UFC) for the interim lightweight title, will not doubt his ability to do the job on Saturday.
"He said I had to make a mistake and I'd make that mistake," Holloway told MMA Junkie after the UFC 236 ceremonial weigh-in. "It's funny because for me, you have to do that walk and you present tomorrow. I will be there tomorrow. Introduce yourself.
UFC 236 will be held Saturday at the State Farm Arena. Holloway vs. Poirier presents the main pay-per-view card after ESPN's preliminary matches and the UFC Fight Pass.
Holloway, who lost his Octagon debut against Poirier in the first round presented at UFC 143 in February 2012, is currently among the biggest victories in the history of the UFC. "Blessed" has won his last 13 fights and he now has the chance to become the seventh fighter in the history of the company to win titles in two weight classes.
The Hawaiian made it clear to UFC 236 that he was chasing the best pound-by-pound book in the sport. To avenge his loss against Poirier would help strengthen his resume, and he said he felt great things were on the horizon.
"You can just smell it," Holloway said. "We are about to do something right now. Something huge is going to happen and I live for those moments. Every fight, the fights get bigger and bigger and I introduce myself differently. That's why I live. You must live for this moment, live for this opportunity. "
If Holloway took the win, he would likely prepare for a title-breaking bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC), likely in September. Holloway said that he was not focusing on anything beyond UFC 236, but that he was ready to take on any potential challenges to strengthen his place.
"I am ranked fourth in the world according to the UFC and there are three types in front of me," Holloway said. "One of them is a 55-pound man (Nurmagomedov), one of them is a 205 (Jon Jones) and one of them is my good friend" DC "(Daniel Cormier), and they can all get it. That's what it is. "
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