For quite some time, Max Holloway campaigned for a rematch with Conor McGregor, but now that the Hawaiian fighter’s the featherweight champ, he says the Irish star can “beg” him for round two.
Holloway threw down with Jose Aldo last night at UFC 212, and went on to stop the legend in round three. In doing so, Holloway unified the interim and world 145 titles, and extended his winning streak to 11. The last man to defeat “Blessed” was, yes, as you likely know, Mr. McGregor. The two fought back in 2013, and McGregor won the bout via unanimous decision.
Welll, following Holloway’s massive win on Saturday, he was of course, asked about McGregor. Here is some of what the 25 year-old had to say in response (quote via MMA Fighting):
“This guy’s over here always trying to look for the bigger thing and that’s him,” Holloway said. “Good for him. I ain’t going to chase someone around. I ain’t going to talk about someone that ain’t talking about me. He gets to choose his fights. Why am I going to cry and beg him to fight me? Get the hell out of here with that sh*t. He can beg to fight me now.
“I’m coming to that point now where people’s going to start asking me to fight. I ain’t asking no one to fight. I’ve got my throne. If you want it, come see me.”
You can understand why Holloway is saying this. After all, McGregor never defended the 145 crown after he took out Aldo, and he hasn’t expressed any interest in recent months in returning to 145.
Does this mean McGregor – Holloway II will never happen though? Not necessarily. If McGregor were to lose the 155 title, maybe he would consider returning to featherweight, since he never lost the belt at that weight. Or, if both McGregor and Holloway continue to reign at 155 and 145 respectively, maybe the UFC would look at booking a bout between the two down the road?