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Max Holloway Calls Out Islam Makhachev for Complaining and Dodging Justin Gaethje Fight

Souvik Roy

Max Holloway Calls Out Islam Makhachev for Complaining and Dodging Justin Gaethje Fight

The UFC lightweight champ, Islam Makhachev, has been subjected to a lot of criticism. He has often been ridiculed for defending his title twice against a regular featherweight, instead of taking on someone his own size. Surprisingly, the UFC’s ‘BMF’ contender, Max Holloway, also jumped on the bandwagon when he appeared on Demetrious Johnson’s YouTube channel. During the conversation, ‘Blessed’ accused Makhachev of ducking a fight against his UFC 300 rival, Justin Gaethje.

With UFC 300 being such a massive event, authorities were on the lookout for the best names to put on the card. This led to several rumors about a Makhachev vs. Gaethje encounter. Interestingly, such a fight would have also been Makhachev’s first title defense fight against a regular lightweight. Yet, the plan fell through and fans resorted to bashing the Dagestani.

Holloway’s words showed that his analysis of the situation wasn’t much different from others who derided Makhachev. However, ‘Blessed’ opined that instead of waiting for the milestone event, Makhachev should’ve taken Gaethje on in February itself. He also blamed the lightweight king for dodging the fight with weak excuses.

“You [Makhachev] are only fighting in the times that you wanna fight. It’s not that you can’t get a fight. You’re not taking the fights that are offered [vs. Gaethje] because of certain things that are going on.”

The UFC 300 ‘BMF’ title fight between Holloway and Gaethje is a result of Makhachev’s refusal to fight ‘The Highlight’. Hence, even though Hollway has already trumped the 32-year-old by accepting the fight, it will be interesting to see if he can put the cherry on top with a victory at UFC 300.

Max Holloway wants a shot at Islam Makhachev’s UFC Lightweight gold after winning the ‘BMF’ title

Although UFC fights are pretty unpredictable, Max Holloway is confident about his chances of beating the current UFC ‘BMF’ champ, Justin Gaethje. On top of it, Holloway has also clarified his next target if he manages to claim the ‘BMF’ title at UFC 300.

The Hawaiian’s recent interview with ‘MMA Junkie’ reporter, Kevin Iole, revealed that he wants a shot at Makhachev’s lightweight championship after gaining the UFC ‘BMF’ strap at UFC 300. However, the quest isn’t going to be easy, especially if ‘The Highlight’ has something to say about it.

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Souvik Roy

Souvik Roy


The coveted boxing bout between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson in 2002 was the first combat sports event that Souvik ever witnessed. However, he fell for the UFC when he knew about it in 2010. After starting as an occasional viewer back then, Souvik has been watching UFC events almost regularly from late 2017. He began his career as a UFC(MMA) and combat sports journalist in the year 2022 after gathering a lot of valuable knowledge about MMA and a few other combat sports disciplines. He has written more than 1300 articles about various UFC and other combat sports events prior to joining The SportsRush. Apart from being a journalist, Souvik is also an ardent fan of the UFC. Hence, he always looks to have conversations about the same with others. He has a deep affinity for striking part of MMA and other combat sports and Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier is the warrior of his choice in the current UFC roster. Souvik also serves as the Lead Vocalist of a rock band during his time free from publishing reports.

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