WATCH: Max Holloway’s Message for Conor McGregor
Newly crowned featherweight champion Max Holloway has shot off a message to UFC lightweight champion and former featherweight champion Conor McGregor at the UFC 212 post-fight press conference. Holloway put on a stunning performance in the third round against his opponent Jose Aldo, dethroning the Brazilian champ in front of his home crowd in Rio De Janeiro.
The Hawaiian fighter landed a solid 1-2 combo, waited patiently for Aldo to return fire with a counter and followed up with a second 1-2 that sent him clattering to the floor. Holloway then overwhelmed the champion on the ground with heavy strikes to become the UFC’s featherweight champion.
When asked about his former opponent Conor McGregor at the post-fight press conference, Holloway was frank about his feelings toward the Irish superstar. McGregor won a unanimous decision against Holloway back in August of 2013, so there’s no doubt the UFC could look to set up a rematch somewhere down the line now that Holloway has become the featherweight champion.
“Like I said before, and I’ll say it again: That guy was the 2015 champ. He can go run around, wherever he’s at, with the belt and celebrate it, cos guess what? You can’t take it away from here,” said Holloway.
McGregor had previously won the featherweight title in a thirteen-second knockout victory over Jose Aldo, going on to then win the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez. While he may have won the belts, McGregor has never defended a belt he has won and is currently looking to set up a super fight with veteran boxer Floyd Mayweather.
“This guy’s over here just always trying to look for the bigger thing and you know, that’s him. Good for him, you know? At the end of the day, it is what it is. I ain’t gonna chase someone around, I ain’t gonna talk about someone who’s not talking about me,” he said.
“He gets to choose his fights, you know? Why am I gonna cry begging him to fight me? Man, get the hell out of here with that sh*t. Pack your bags to fight me now dog, I’m coming to a point where people are going to start asking me to fight. I ain’t asking no one to fight, I got my throne. If you want it, come see me.”
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