McGregor Blasts Coach Over Holloway Prediction
After Tristar head coach Firas Zahabi claimed UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway would beat Conor McGregor more emphatically than Nate Diaz did, the “champ champ” felt the need to respond.
McGregor took to Twitter this week to call out Zahabi, calling the well regarded coach as a “twerp” and that he should keep quiet because he’s never competed as a pro.
“Hey firaz(sic). Young man afraid to get in and fight, himself. Stop talking about me like you know me, you twerp. You are what age? Why are not in there yourself? Are you not up to it? You rent dorms and hit a clock for a living. Shut your pie, kid.”
Hey firaz. Young man afraid to get in and fight, himself. Stop talking about me like you know me, you twerp.
You are what age? Why are not in there yourself? Are you not up to it?
You rent dorms and hit a clock for a living.
Shut your pie, kid.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 9, 2019
McGregor’s issue stems when Zahabi was asked about a potential McGregor-Holloway rematch of their 2014 fight. While McGregor took a decision handily against Holloway in their first fight, Zahabi believes it would be a different story altogether.
“If I had to pick Max Holloway vs. Conor McGregor today, I would pick Max Holloway,” said Zahabi. “Why? When they fought the first time, for those of you who don’t know, McGregor won an easy three rounds. McGregor out struck Holloway in the first two rounds and then in the third round he out grappled Holloway. In the second or third round, McGregor tears his ACL, so he goes heavy grappling and he even shows that he can out grapple Holloway.
“That happened a long time ago. I think Holloway has grown leaps and bounds since then; he has grown leaps and bounds. In my opinion, Holloway would out punch him, he would outwork him, he would do very much what Diaz did but more. I think McGregor got away with a lot of stuff against Diaz, like leg kicks. I don’t think he could do that against Holloway, but Holloway has the same kind of output as Diaz, the same kind of chin as Diaz, he’s more athletic than Diaz, he has more variety than Diaz in his attacks; he has more kicking, kneeing and elbowing and his chin is phenomenal.”
Zahabi thinks the fight will go into the later rounds, but Holloway would take it given the opportunity.
“I really think [Holloway] would take it in the later rounds. The blueprint for beating McGregor is more understood by the roster and I think if they fought at 145 or 155, I really like Max Holloway now. It’s not to say McGregor can’t win, but I would give it a 60-40 Max Holloway. It’s 99 to 1 one percent, that’s not what I’m saying. I just think if they fight ten times, six times out of the ten…let’s say even seven times out of ten…I would say Holloway wins.”
Quotes: MMA Fighting