Max Holloway was in such complete control against Calvin Kattar that he aimed trash talk at the commentators while evading his opponent’s punches.
Holloway was returning to the cage following back-to-back defeats by Alex Volkanowski and delivered a showcase in Abu Dhabi.
The former featherweight world champion landed 455 significant strikes over 25 minutes compared to Kattar’s 133 before being awarded the fight by scores of 50-43 50-43 and 50-42.
And such was his dominance by the fifth and final round, he took to showboating, telling the cageside commentators, “I’m the best boxer in the UFC” while slipping Kattar’s shots.
After the fight, Holloway added: “I was having the time of my life. I got to talk to DC (Daniel Cormier) a bit in there, let him know I’m coming for his job.
“People were calling me out. I was once known as one of the better boxers in MMA and this guy was coming up and saying he was one of the best boxers.
“As long as you can take it, I’m going to give it. As long as the ref lets you stay in there, I’m going to keep giving it… I was telling my coaches, I didn’t know I punched that much.”
Holloway also claimed he was willing to step in to fight either Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier next weekend if one of them is forced to pull out.
Holloway has history with both fighters having been outpointed by McGregor in 2013 and Poirier in 2019.
And he said: “All I’ve got to say is there is a big, big fight next week – Dustin Poirier against Conor McGregor – and guess what, your boy is staying all the way through the week.
“If anything happens, Dana [White, UFC president] knows my number and he can hit me up.”