At UFC 212, two of the best lightweight fighters not named Conor McGregor unified the UFC featherweight championship. When Max Holloway (interim champion) stopped Jose Aldo (undisputed champion) in the third round of their title fight in Brazil on Saturday night, it set up a mouth watering potential fight with former featherweight champ McGregor.
Holloway’s last loss was actually at the hands of McGregor, back in 2013 when he was just 21-years-old. Additionally, McGregor never lost the featherweight title, but rather had it taken from him by the UFC when it became apparent that he wouldn’t be around to defend it anytime soon, after also winning the lightweight championship and then taking some time off while his girlfriend was pregnant. And then there’s the whole Floyd Mayweather fight that McGregor is still apparently working on. The point is, a fight between Holloway and McGregor to determine the “true” undisputed featherweight champion would actually make a lot of sense.
When Holloway was asked it about it at the post-fight press conference, he basically said he plans to take on all challengers.
“If he wants to come back down, he can come and get it,” Holloway said. “But if not, it is what it is, you know? … 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 s**t. He can beg to fight me now.”
“I ain’t asking no one to fight. I’ve got my throne. If you want it, come see me.”
McGregor’s next fight is still a complete unknown. If the once-impossible boxing match with Mayweather ends up becoming a reality, the Irishman’s next fight might not even be in a UFC cage. Then again, McGregor is known for making surprise decisions and could be ready to return to MMA at a moments notice, whether to defend the 155-pound belt or to “get back” the 145-pound one.