UFC Featherweight fighter Max Holloway meets Andre Fili at UFC 172 this weekend. Before the fight goes down, the Featherweight fighter spoke with UFC.com about slowly becoming a Veteran in the MMA world. Check it out below:
“The advice I would give would be going out there, take your time, and fight to your abilities,” he said. “Don’t let the crowd and the noise and whatever get to you, and don’t leave it up to the judges.
Holloway was 4-0 before he made his UFC debut at UFC 143 in 2011. He lost to Dustin Poirier via arm bar in the first round.
“People told me about the big lights and this and that, but it was hard to listen to them,” he admits. “Being so young, you think ‘I’ve got this. Don’t worry, it’s not going to affect me.’ But once you get there, it’s a whole different story.”
Switching gears, Halloway is now 8–3 and won his last fight over Will Chope in January. He faces Andre Fili this Saturday night and commented about that fight:
“I definitely get excited,” he said. “The UFC wants to see fights that the people want to watch, and a lot of people want to see this fight. Once this fight got announced, my Twitter was going off. I think this is the most anybody ever wanted to see me fight. (Laughs) So hopefully we live up to the hype and we can deliver to the fans.”
“I plan on making a run this year and hopefully getting in the top ten, and I’ll work my way up from there,” he said. “I don’t care too much about the rankings because I believe some people don’t belong there, but it is what it is, and in two to three years, I want my title shot.”