Max Holloway will be aiming to prove he is the “best striker in the world” when he faces off against Charles Oliveira at UFC Fight Night 74 in Saskatchewan, Canada on Sunday.
Holloway has racked up six consecutive wins since suffering back to back losses against Dennis Bermudez and interim lightweight champion Conor McGregor in 2013.
The run of wins was capped by a demolition of Cub Swanson, an excellent striker himself, and saw him climb to fifth in the featherweight rankings.
"I go around telling myself that I'm the best striker in the world. Not in the division – in the world. I could go…and fight any kickboxer, I don't care,” he told MMA Junkie.
“That's what I want to do. I want to prove I'm the best striker and that's just how I feel. It's confidence. People might look at you and say, 'you're arrogant' and this and that. But, no, I'm not. I'm just a confident man.
“Just because you question yourself doesn't mean I should question myself. If they want to prove it, bring on all-comers. I'd love to prove I can strike with the best of them."
Although Holloway has unshakable faith in his stand-up skills, the 23-year-old admits that may not be in title contention just.
"I think Frankie Edgar deserves his shot. We'll see what happens. It's a make you or break you fight. You lose in the UFC…and you start from the bottom, again. It's a big fight for me and Oliveira and we'll see who wants it more."
Oliveira is currently on a four fight tear, with one notable win over eighth-ranked Jeremy Stephens, after consecutive losses against Swanson in September 2012 and Edgar in July 2013.
The Brazilian picked up three Performance of the Night bonuses and another for fight of the night in those last four wins.