Max Holloway to await medical testing before committing to UFC 243 in Melbourne

Max Holloway is not afraid of a quick turnaround. The UFC featherweight champion has fought three times over the past seven months and came out relatively unscathed in his win over Frankie Edgar this past weekend.

With Alex Volkanovski next in line for a featherweight title shot and Marvel Stadium in Melbourne set to host the UFC in October, a featherweight title fight between Holloway and Volkanovski will go a long way to ensure the 60,000-seat stadium is packed out.

“We’ll see what happens,” Holloway said at the UFC 240 post-fight press conference about potentially returning in October to defend his featherweight title against Volkanovski in Melbourne.

“I look fine, I look great but I’ll wait till my team, I’ll wait till my coaches. We’ve got to get medical testing.

“I’ve fought three title fights in seven months. I want to fight one more time this year but we’ve got to go take all the right tests and see and we’ll go from there.”

If ‘Blessed’ does get a clean bill of health, Aussie fight fans could be set to witness two title fights on the card that has the potential to break the UFC attendance record that was also set in Melbourne back in 2015.

“I know how bad I want to fight at home and I don’t want to take that away from the guy but at the end of the day, I’ve just got to go see the doctors and get checked up and we’ll go from there,” Holloway added.

“At the end of the day, a stadium and stuff is cool. I definitely want to fight before the end of the year for sure.”

Holloway went on to suggest that a fight with Volkanovski at Madison Square Garden later in the year may be more realistic, but he would not rule out fighting Volkanovski in October in Melbourne.

“We’ll see. New York sounds cool. Volkanovski in [Australia] sounds cool. So we’ll see,” Holloway said.

“I’ve got to go check with the doctors, get checked and we’ll go from there.”

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My earliest combat sports memory is watching David Tua knock people out with his left hook.  I am extremely passionate about combat sports in Australia and my home country of New Zealand and I endeavour to grow the profile of martial arts and its athletes in both countries. Persistent Brazilian jiu-jitsu battler.