UFC featherweight contender Max Holloway out two months after thumb surgery

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Max Holloway (photo credit Gary A. Vasquez © USA Today)

24-year-old featherweight Max Holloway is hoping to be in title contention in 2016, riding an eight-fight winning streak into the new year. However, before he can look to keep that streak going, he’s got some recovering to do.

FoxSports.com first reported last week that Holloway underwent surgery for a tear in his right thumb suffered in his most recent victory over Jeremy Stephens, and he’ll need two months to recover before returning to training.

That delay keeps him out until likely April at the earliest, but he’ll return in some type of contender bout when he’s healthy.

Penick’s Analysis: Holloway wants a title fight in his home state of Hawaii, but that’s not going to happen. Now, if they book an event there, there’s a good possibility he gets a headlining opportunity. There are a few options that could make sense – Ricardo Lamas and a re-booking of the ill-fated Charles Oliveira bout certainly come to mind – and wins in either of those keep him in line behind Frankie Edgar, but it still all depends on what Conor McGregor decides to do next.

[Photo (c) Gary A. Vasquez via USA Today Sports]

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