“I’m not about this love type of sh*t; I’m here to fight.”
Today, Max Holloway wants you to know that he is NOT pissed. “I wouldn’t use the word ‘pissed’. It just blows my mind,” Holloway told MMA Philippines and various members of Philippine media as he addressed the proverbial elephant in the room during the UFC Fight Night Manila promo tour at SM Megamall last September 17, 2016.
The 24-year-old Hawaiian just landed in the Philippines when news broke of a possible Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor lightweight title fight to headline UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden on November. McGregor is the UFC featherweight champion, but has yet to defend his belt for the first time. The same day, interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who just defeated No.2 contender Frankie Edgar for the interim title, expressed his preference for a money fight with featherweight newcomer Anthony Pettis over legitimate No.3 contender Holloway should McGregor opt not to defend his title yet again.
“I just lost respect for the champion,” Holloway continued. “A champion should be willing to fight the best guy in the world. Everyone’s talking about money fights, mega fights, this and that. At the end of the day, you should want to fight. [Aldo] blatantly said that he wanted to fight Pettis ‘cause Pettis is the easier fight, and he thinks it would sell more.”
Power in the Word “NO!”
UFC ambassador Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz made a protracted visit to the Philippines as part of the build up to this year’s UFC Manila fight card featuring two-division world champion BJ Penn and perennial featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas.
On two separate occasions – first during the on-sale press conference last August 17 and then an anti-bullying seminar held on August 20 – Munoz spoke of his experience of being bullied, which led him to take up wrestling, and the anti-bullying campaign he started in the US. “I was bullied when I was 13 because I was mataba,” he told the press last Wednesday. “I was bullied; they took my Jordans.” The J’s were his parents’ Christmas gift that year, and in addition to the bullies taking them away, they also beat 13-year-old Mark up. “I went home without telling my parents. I pretended to be sick for three days. When my dad noticed, he told me, ‘You’re not sick; go to school!’ In school, I kept my head down; I was afraid to look at people. Because if I saw [my bully], then he would see me.”