Max Holloway and Daniel Cormier have never shied away from competition – even if it takes them outside of the Octagon.
Step aside Conor and Khabib – There’s a bigger rivalry in the UFC today and it’s probably not what you think it is. Top featherweight contender Max Holloway and former two-division champion Daniel Cormier have been going at each other outside of the Octagon for some time now. Both UFC fathers have shown interest in the “Daddest Man on the Planet” title, though we’re not totally sure what that means.
The latest edition in the friendly feud happened after Holloway’s lopsided victory in UFC Fight Island 7’s main event. In response to a question on ESPN’s post-fight broadcast regarding Holloway’s future at 145 pounds, Holloway took aim at his fatherly foe.
“There’s only one money fight, DC,” Holloway said jokingly.” “That’s me, DC. Daddest man on the planet. You’re eating everything I worked for.”
“After I’m done with this, I’m coming for your job at the desk, I’m coming for your job at Detail, everything. I’m taking it all.”
Saturday night wasn’t the first, and it certainly won’t be the last time the Hawaiian fighter verbally challenges Cormier for the “Daddest Man on the Planet” belt. Don’t get the wrong idea here, there’s nothing but respect between the two current fathers and former UFC Champions. But that doesn’t mean there can’t be some light-hearted trash talk over a game of Madden.
What’s next for Max Holloway in the UFC?
For a fighter that many believe is the best to walk the Octagon at 145 pounds, Holloway is all business when the cage doors close behind him. Saturday, en route to a unanimous decision victory, he set a UFC record for most strikes attempted (746) and landed (447) in a single bout. It was a complete demolition of one of the top strikers in the featherweight division, Calvin Kattar.
He’s known to pick and choose his shots, and when it comes to calling out his “Daddest Man” rival he makes no exception. Don’t be surprised if a title is up for grabs the next time we see Holloway in the cage. The UFC featherweight title, that is.