One day after Waianae’s Max Holloway extended his winning streak to eight matches with a win over Jeremy Stephens at UFC 194 in Las Vegas, the campaign to bring a UFC event to Hawaii continues.
Sunday afternoon from Nevada, the UFC’s fifth-ranked featherweight told KHON2 sports director Rob DeMello that if current champion Conor McGregor is granted a lightweight title shot as expected, he feels that the next logical bout in the division would pit him against former champion and future UFC Hall-of-Famer Frankie Edgar.
“Yeah, you know I think that’s kind of crazy that the UFC is going to give him a straight title shot. You know, I think so. There’s a lot of fights down here that he has. There’s Frankie and there’s me. But, if he does go and get his title shot or whatever, I think the only one that makes sense is me and Frankie Edgar in Hawaii,” said Holloway.
On Friday evening’s UFC Fight Night card in Las Vegas, Edgar defeated Chad Mendes by first-round knockout, taking the 34-year-old’s career record to 20-4-1. The New Jersey native entered the week as the No.-2 contender in the featherweight division and is currently riding a five-fight winning streak, with one of those wins coming over Hilo native and UFC Hall-of-Famer BJ Penn. It was Edgar’s third victory over Penn in as many bouts.
“We’ve got history there with BJ Penn and the Hawaiians so you know, I feel like I can get one back for Hawaii,” Holloway said. “I think that would be a big fight. They said they wanted to do UFC Hawaii, so why not a 50-plus thousand seat stadium and make it big, you know? Give the Hawaiians a chance you know? Come down to Hawaii. The fans will come out and I think it would be a great show.”
Although there is no definite word on what is next, or whether or not a UFC event will take place in Hawaii or Aloha Stadium, UFC president Dana White was quoted last month at a press conference saying, “We’re working on Hawaii show and it will be announced soon,” according to “USA Today” writer Steven Marrocco.
One would imagine that Holloway’s win, added with victories by fellow Oahu natives Yancy Medeiros and Kailin Curran this past week in Las Vegas, could only help the push for a UFC card in Hawaii to take place.