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Max Holloway: More weight-cutting rules may urge me to move up to lightweight

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway may be forced to move up to lightweight if the current weight-cutting rules continue to be a hassle for him.

UFC 25th Anniversary Press Conference Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Over the last few years, the UFC has changed up some of their policies for weigh-ins and weight cutting. Many of those rules began taking place in 2016, which included the earlier weigh-in procedures as well as the ban on IV use and severe dehydration.

Many are pleased with these new developments, other fighters like Max Holloway seem to be bothered by them. On Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour, the current featherweight champion said he may just consider moving up to lightweight if the UFC and USADA continue to add more rules.

“It’s just UFC with all this USADA, (the policing of) the weight cuts, you’ve got to be a certain weight when you’re checking in and blah blah blah — all of that medical stuff, that’s what I mean,” Holloway told Ariel Helwani (via MMA Fighting). “If they start adding more medical stuff I probably would (move up).”

“Every time I check my weight they’re in disbelief, but I’m like, ‘I’ve never missed weight in my life,’” he added. “I don’t know why they’re giving me a hard time, but medically if they’re the rules, then medically I probably won’t be able to make it because of their rules with the (weight) cuts.”

“155 might come sooner rather than later, so we’ll see what happens.”

Holloway is currently slated for his second title def against former 155-pound champion Frankie Edgar. The fight will headline UFC 222 on March 3rd in Las Vegas.

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