Like Garbrandt, 25-year-old Max Holloway is a young champion with a ton of a potential riding an incredible winning streak.
Since dropping a decision loss to McGregor in 2013, “Blessed” has won 11 consecutive fights, most recently stopping longtime champ Jose Aldo at UFC 212 last June to become the 145-pound champion. He’s currently set to defend his title for the first time against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 218 this December.
Throughout his winning streak, Holloway has transformed into an elite-level fighter. He’s proven himself as a finisher as well, as eight of his last 11 victories have come by way of stoppage. At times, Aldo had been criticized for not going for the finish.
This cannot be said about Holloway.
Also, McGregor has been criticized for at times avoiding top contenders. In that regard, Holloway seems to be willing to take on all comers.
All of these factors combined with the fact that he has the love of his native Hawaii behind him make Holloway one fighter the UFC should seriously consider putting more focus into.