Holloway Wants McGregor Rematch At Any Weight
The last time Max Holloway lost a fight, he could never have imagined how big his opponent would become. Holloway fell to Conor McGregor in 2013, and since then McGregor has taken over the sport. Holloway, meanwhile, has put together a streak of nine straight wins on his way to this Saturday’s interim title fight with Anthony Pettis.
Holloway carries with him the unshakable belief that he is the best featherweight in the world. With that confidence, he wants to avenge any and all losses on his record, and that includes another fight with McGregor.
McGregor was recently stripped of his 145 lb. title after winning the lightweight belt. It seems as if his time in the featherweight division is over. But that won’t keep Holloway from chasing redemption.
“First things first, I’ve got Pettis,” Holloway said during a media luncheon ahead of his UFC 206 main event. “But you know, a McGregor fight can happen anyway. He said 155, 170, I recently said I’ll go ahead and fight heavyweight if he wants to fight heavyweight.”
Holloway will look to extend his winning streak to ten when he faces former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in the main event of UFC 206. A victory makes him the interim champion and grants him a shot at now-undisputed champion Jose Aldo. Holloway’s path is laid clear for him, but he’s taking every fight one at a time. Eventually, he believes that a jump up in weight class will happen.
“I’m 25," Holloway said. "My body is growing. You know? The plan is to kill everybody, take out all the contenders, no whining. When I get my title shot, I get my shot. Take down [opponents] and ask whose next and see what happens … I’m Hawaiian, I’m Polynesian, us boys can get big, so we’ll see what happens.”
If the Hawaiian does indeed move up to the lightweight division, he will join former featherweight and the last man to defeat him. Holloway hasn’t taken his eye off a rematch with McGregor. Unlike other fighters, however, Holloway does not bemoan the Irishman’s success but rather takes inspiration from what McGregor has been able to achieve.
“I would love to do that,” Holloway said when asked about McGregor’s two-division champion achievement. “Everybody hates on this guy. For what? If you had this opportunity, you know damn straight that you’d take it. If I had the opportunity, yes, it’s history. I want to break history. Like I said before, Conor McGregor set this bar and I’m trying to break it. If you’re not trying to break it, then why are you in the game/ I’m not trying to be this guy just chugging along, I want to lead the pack. If I got this opportunity you’re damn straight I want to fight for two, give me three. Let’s make history.”