UFC: Max Holloway On Fighting Conor McGregor Again
It’s been over six years since Max Holloway and Conor McGregor fought. And incredibly neither has lost a featherweight fight ever since. In the two years that followed their bout, McGregor won five more fights at 145lbs, and then after the last one of those, his 13 second knockout of Jose Aldo for the title, moved up to welterweight and lightweight.
Perhaps more impressively, Holloway has won all fourteen fights he’s had in the featherweight division since fighting McGregor, beating Aldo and twice and claiming the title along the way. In that time, ‘Blessed’ has lost just once, against Dustin Poirier at UFC 236 earlier this year, whilst fighting for the UFC interim lightweight title.
Talking at a media event ahead of UFC 245 (as transcribed by MMA Junkie), where he will defend his title against Alex Volkanovski, Holloway discussed the possibility of fighting McGregor again.
“We’ll see what happens. If the ‘Mystic Mac’ arrives, if he wants to be what he was a couple years ago when he was he was the best mixed martial artist in the world and he wants to do it again, I’m sure we’re going to run into each other or something like that.”
Obviously, not all of McGregor’s former opponents see eye to eye with the former UFC two division champion, but for Holloway, he feels like there is a mutual respect between the two.
“I respect that man a lot, and what he did for the sport, and he comes up short like anyone else you know? Just like anyone else. We’re all human, and we all make mistakes, and sometimes you gotta give someone else a chance. Me and him, I don’t know what it is, we respect each other on that level. I’m excited that he’s back in the sport and can’t wait for him to do his thing in January.”
Whether Holloway and McGregor will run it back in the future, we will have to wait and see, but for now, the UFC featherweight champion is happy to see the Irishman back.
“We’ll see what happens. We’ll see if Conor comes. We’ll see if Mystic Mac is back and the way he’s training. But we get to see that fight. So I wish him a great training camp and you know, I can’t wait to see him go back in there.”
Holloway also recalled an encounter he had with McGregor prior to their fight at UFC Boston, in 2013.
“When I fought him, it’s a funny story. When I fought him, we was standing in line to go do our medicals and it was me and him. He was using these cool Hawaii shorts, I was like, ‘Cool shorts bro’. And he was like, ‘You like that, hey? It’s a Hawaii vibe’. I was like, ‘That’s dope’, and he said ‘Thank you’.
“Then we went out there and we did the face-off and he got in my face, and it kind of tripped me out. Wow, this guy can turn it on. It is what it is. That’s the only talk I got to talk to him, before a fight.”
Holloway defends his UFC featherweight title against Volkanovski at UFC 245, which goes down on December 14th at the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas.
While McGregor is set to return at UFC 246, where he will take on ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in a welterweight contest. UFC 246 also takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, on January 18th.
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