Holloway Says McGregor Afraid To Lose Titles
Earlier this year, Max Holloway became the UFC Featherweight champion when he knocked out Jose Aldo at UFC 212 in Rio.
Yet, Conor McGregor still claims to be a two division champ, even though he was stripped of said featherweight title after winning it at UFC 194 in 2015. McGregor would go as far as to walk to the ring this past Saturday night showcasing both his lightweight and featherweight title belts prior to facing Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.
Holloway wasn’t bothered when asked about it on the MMA Hour, but wants to remind everyone that Conor is the “2015 featherweight champ.”
“I can’t do nothing about it. He was the champ once upon a time. He was the 2015 champ. They forgot to announce the year part. It’s a little mixup I think they’ll figure out soon enough that they was the champ, you can’t take that away from ‘em. If Demetrious Johnson, he lost his fight, and he lost his belt, and he wanted to walk out with 10 of his belts that he has, you’re going to tell him he can’t?”
According to Holloway, Conor earned his straps and won’t take the accomplishment away from him, but also points to the fact that he never actually defended his title.
“That’s his belts, he earned the damn thing, (McGregor) earned his belt and that’s his belt, but they forgot the clear cut ‘2015’. That belt is just a basic ‘do not defend’ belt, that’s what you’d call it, that’s what he did so I’m not going to take away from him.”
McGregor defeated Holloway back in 2013 via unanimous decision. Since then, Holloway has won 11 fights in a row while gaining the interim belt and unifying the interim titles with a victory over Jose Aldo.
Holloway insists McGregor is afraid to lose any title and won’t risk riding off into the sunset with a fairy tile ending by facing him one more time..
“It already showed that he can lose to Nate and he can still hold this championship level mindset to his peers and to his fans versus if he comes to fight me and he loses, then his fairy tale is done…His ‘champ champ’, this whole ‘mystic’ thing is done, that’s over with, and that’s the kind of person that I think he is. I don’t think he wants to risk that, especially against a guy like me.”