If Max went up to 155. He would be an absolute monster. If he gave it time, and wasn't worried about just one fight. If he vacated the belt and made the permanent jump he would be a serious contender in that division. Not saying Max is a bad fighter by the way, not at all.
It’s irrelevant though. He has not done enough tot warrant this title shot. It’s like having a crack at Poirier twice and losing twice, then having a crack at Cowboy and losing. Then getting a shot at Khabib and saying he deserves it. It doesn’t make any sense.