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Max Holloway is already considered by some to be the greatest featherweight of all time, but he’s not done there.
After defeating another legend in Frankie Edgar on Saturday night at UFC 240, Holloway said he wants to be known as the pound-for-pound greatest fighter in the world.
“I’m trying to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, not the best featherweight in the world,” Holloway said during the UFC 240 post-event news conference in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “I’m trying to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and Frankie is one of the guys to help me one step towards that goal.”
By defeating Edgar, Holloway (21-4 MMA, 17-4 UFC) notched his 13th straight win at featherweight to tie Jon Jones, Anderson Silva and Demetrious Johnson for most consecutive wins in a division. That’s elite company for the young Hawaiian, who still feels like he has work to do.
“I’m just trying to be a legend,” Holloway said. “I’m trying to be the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and that’s the names I got to be up there with, and that’s respect. So like I said, all this GOAT talk and whatever, that doesn’t affect me. When it’s all said and done, I can sit back and relax, and (Jose) Aldo’s still the man.
“He’s still got the most wins, he’s got the most title defenses and so on. Until I beat those records, then maybe I can be in that conversation.”
Prior to his win over Edgar, Holloway attempted to capture the interim lightweight title when he fought Dustin Poirier at UFC 236. He lost that fight, his first setback in almost six years, and he’s not ruling out a move back up to 155 pounds, despite what UFC president Dana White might think.
“Dana changes his mind every day,” Holloway said. “Tomorrow he may be like, ‘Hey Max, we need a heavyweight fight.’ So Dana’s mind is all over the place. I got to respect the boss, but at the end of the day it is what it is. I know if an opportunity come up there, and they come calling, we won’t shy away.”
Holloway got off to his patented slow start against Edgar, losing the first round on two of the three judges’ scorecards. Nothing new for Holloway, who’s been notorious for his slow starts, something that he’s not too worried about.
“Like a train, I just got to get my engine rolling,” Holloway said. “Once it’s rolling, it’s hard to stop, so I just got to get in there and figure it out. Everybody’s different. We have guys to mimic Frankie, but they’re not Frankie, you know, so when I get in there I try to figure it out, try to find what we’ve been working, and see what’s working and turn it up from there.”
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