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Max Holloway issues statement on UFC 236 loss: ‘Life is chutes and ladders’

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Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier put on an epic back-and-forth war for 25 minutes, and while the razor close decision didn’t go his way, the featherweight champion is still all smiles after his loss. He also issued a brief statement on social media about failing to capture a second belt in as many divisions.

“Life is chutes and ladders,” Holloway wrote. “Sometims we gotta take that slide down to get to the next big ladder. It is what it is. We keep playing. We keep fighting. Congrats to Dustin and Jolie. They should’ve already had a belt. Diamonds are forever.”

Poirier also responded by writing, “Thank you Max. You are a Champion. It was an honor to share that battle.”

By not getting the judges’ nod on the close decision, Holloway’s 13-fight winning streak was snapped after this move up in weight. Dana White stated that Holloway “looked small” for 155 lbs and suggested a return to featherweight to defend his title. Holloway, on the other hand, stated that he’s open to competing at any weight.

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