ROUNDTABLE: Are there more fights for Max Holloway at lightweight?

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

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

Are there any fights you’d like to see from Max Holloway at 155 or should he go back to 145?

Patrick Shaheen, Host – MMA Scope Podcast

I think Max learned that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, it’s a hell of a cut to 145 for him. But I don’t see anything wrong with him being featherweight king if he can keep making weight. I just don’t like his chances against the Fergusons, Khabibs, and Gaethjes of the world. I don’t like many guys chances against those three. Why would you leave your belt behind to fight some 155 tune-up fights? Being a champion in any division is better than not being a champion.

Christian Moore, MMATorch Contributor

He should go back down to 145. He’s in a weird spot because he beat almost the entire featherweight division, excluding the few of Volkanovski, and Magomedsharipov, yet, he doesn’t really have a fight at lightweight. I mean sure, he could fight Gaethje, and everyone would love it, but even with a win, would need another to get that title shot. I have no clue what’s next, but Rogan was right in saying Max looked small at 155. So 145 is the safer bet, but one or two more wins there, and he’s hit the ceiling of the featherweight division. We’ll see Max back at 155, that we know, but stick to 145 for now.

Frank Hyden, Columnist – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

There are fights at lightweight for Holloway but there’s also another few wins to get at featherweight to truly make his mark there. At the same time, though, he needs to do what’s best for him. If he felt good at lightweight and wants to continue on, I would support that decision. However, I personally would say he should go back to featherweight a bit longer. That’s assuming, of course, that the weight cut isn’t too draining for him now. If it is, move to lightweight and never look back.


Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch Managing Editor

After seeing him on Saturday against Dustin Poirier, I’d like to see Max Holloway head back to 145 and continue defending the belt in that division. He didn’t look bad at 155, but he wasn’t at his best. While there was intrigue in seeing him fight Khabib Nurmagomedov last year, I don’t think that would go well for him now that we’ve seen him at lightweight. There are good fights left for Holloway at 145, including Frankie Edgar, Zabit Magomedsharipox, and Alexander Volkanovski. As Holloway matures, 155 will be a better weight for him, but for now, I want to see him at featherweight.

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