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UFC 206: Max Holloway’s Still Bringing “Back Against The Wall Mentality”, Despite Recent Run

Kelsey Mowatt

Max Holloway

Max Holloway is on one of the most impressive runs in all of the game right now, and is about to fight for the UFC’s interim 145 belt, but “Blessed” says his mindset remains the same.

Holloway has been booked to fight Anthony Pettis on Saturday night, which will headline UFC 206 in Toronto, Ontario. The high stakes bout has come thanks to Holloway’s eyebrow raising, nine fight winning streak. It’s a run that began back in 2014, following his 2013 loss to Conor McGregor.

Recently Holloway spoke with UFC.com in advance of this weekend’s fight. While discussing his mindset, and whether it’s changed since he’s established himself as one of the top featherweights in the MMA, Holloway stated:

“My mindset is the same,” Holloway said. “Who knows nowadays? You can get cut at any second. So I feel the same (as I did in 2014). My back’s against the wall. Not too many guys get to have a title fight and then get to fight for a title again. So this is my opportunity and I’ve gotta have that back against the wall mentality and I have to be the hungrier wolf and try to get after it. So my mindset didn’t change, and it’s what keeps me going. Every fight, I look at it as if I’m going in 0-0. What happened in the past happened in the past, and you’ve got to focus on the right now. December 10th, I’m going for 1-0 and I’m going to come back a little bit heavier to the Hawaiian islands.”

That’s certainly a good way to approach fights: stay hungry and don’t let success get in the way.  It also sounds like Holloway isn’t looking past Pettis, who is coming off a win over Charles Oliveira, but had lost three straight prior to that. Of course it would be foolish to look past a guy who can move, kick and choke dudes like Pettis can.

UFC 206 will be hosted by the Air Canada Centre.

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