Max Holloway will fight for the second time in 2021 on Saturday against Yair Rodriguez. If Holloway is able to beat Rodriguez, he should receive the next featherweight title shot against Alexander Volkanovski.
In his last outing, Holloway put on a record-breaking performance against Calvin Kattar in January. That performance impressed many people and set Holloway up on the right path to fight for the title once again.
The UFC passed up on Holloway for the latest featherweight title fight and he was scheduled to fight Rodriguez in July but pulled out due to an injury. Four months later, Holloway is back in the same position with a chance to be the next top contender.
Holloway could have squatted on his ranking until he was given another shot at Volkanovski, but he decided to prove he was worthy of a third fight with Volkanovski.
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On Saturday, Holloway will have a tough test against Rodriguez, who is an experienced veteran. The one advantage Holloway has over Rodriguez is activity. It has been over two years since Rodriguez’s last fight and facing someone of Holloway’s caliber will be a difficult task for Rodriguez.
If the oddsmakers are correct, then Holloway will walk away with a victory against Rodriguez. This should set up an inevitable trilogy bout between Holloway and Volkanovski.
In December 2019, Volkanovski won the belt in the first fight against Holloway via unanimous decision. Volkanovski followed that up with an immediate rematch win over Holloway in July 2020. The decision of the rematch was questioned because many people thought Holloway won the fight.
Holloway (22-6) handled both losses with grace and proved that he was still an elite featherweight. Fighters should never look past their upcoming opponent, but for Holloway, a win over Rodriguez will stamp a third bout with Volkanovski.
It is only right for Holloway to be next in line with a win over Rodriguez. When it is all said and done, Holloway will go down as one of the greatest featherweights in history and he has earned the right to another title opportunity.