This Saturday’s UFC on Fight Night 26 card has plenty of interesting match-ups scheduled, and one that’s creating some buzz is the featherweight tilt between Conor McGregor and Max Holloway.
The 21 year-old Holloway has shown a ton of promise in his UFC run thus far, while McGregor is coming off a stoppage win over Marcus Brimage in April, which made good on the hype that followed him into his Octagon debut. Since then, of course, the outspoken fighter has continued to make news. For example, while discussing the recent UFC 163 bout between featherweight champ Jose Aldo and “The Korean Zombie”, McGregor announced that “If you think I wouldn’t trouble either of them, then you’re highly mistaken.” How about that?
The division’s #4 ranked fighter, Mr. Cub Swanson, has apparently taken notice of McGregor and the comments he’s made, including some that were apparently directed at him. While speaking on the MMA Roasted podcast recently, the noted finished had this to say about the Irish fighter (comments via Fighters Only Mag.com).
“I like the kid, I really see a future for him in the UFC because he is talented. But he runs his mouth and you’ve got to be careful when you do that.”
“For some reason he decided to take a shot at me. I’m a fan of many fighters but as soon as they start looking at me the fighter in me comes out and I’m like, ‘You better watch your damn mouth.’”
“That would be a fight that I would love to do once he makes a name for himself but right now he is still a nobody. If he lives up to the hype he can fight me down the road but for now he has to fight somebody in the top ten first.”
Lots of fans would likely be down for a Swanson-McGregor tilt, but as the vet noted, first things first. It’s going to be fascinating to see how Holloway does against McGregor, and if he can derail the fighter’s hype train.
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