The UFC’s featherweight champion Max Holloway was quick to return fire after Conor McGregor chose to remind the world of their 2013 fight via Instagram recently.
It might have seemed like an unlikely bet to make going into this year, but 2018 has seen quite a bit of back-and-forth jabbing between featherweight champion Max Holloway and the man who defeated him back in 2013, Conor McGregor.
It’s all been pretty cordial so far, all things considered. For the most part, McGregor has been pretty respectful to the Hawaiian for both his talents inside the octagon and the manner in which he dealt with coming up short against him in their first meeting but in a recent Instagram post, Conor reminded the world of his unanimous decision win over ‘Blessed’ in typically notorious fashion.
This was just moments after I tore my ACL in a fight in Boston Massachusetts. It was when I faced off against the current featherweight champion Max Holloway, who I dismantled before and after this ligament tear, to win a lopsided victory. It was father against son in there that night in just my second UFC bout. Young Max is a hell of a fighter, I wonder what the future holds for my young Uce. Ligaments are needed in a fight definitely. Some can fight on however, where as some can not. I always think there are moments in your career that can make you or break you. I have had many in my storied career and this was most certainly one of them. God bless. Boston Strong ?
As he mentions in the post, Conor blew his ACL midway through that fight, something that forced him to take his 21-year-old opponent down and control him for the bout’s duration. To this day, Holloway stands as the only fighter – with the exception of Nate Diaz – that McGregor hasn’t managed to finish for a victory.
And while his injury obviously inhibited his ability to score the knockout, many have wondered exactly what would happen if they ever chose to run it back, especially when you consider how good Holloway has looked in recent years.
Max took a subtle but effective jab at McGregor following his original post yesterday, reworking it and scolding his Irish rival for his lack of title defences.
Not many fighters have been able to hold their own in a back-and-forth with the UFC lightweight champion in the past but in truth, Holloway has been more than capable of getting his own back at the ‘Notorious’ one and could well have taken this round in our book.
This was just moments after I dabbed in the octagon with my son after a fight in Detroit Michigan. It was when I faced off against the former featherweight champ and legend Jose Aldo who I stopped for the second time. It was a great legend against me in there that night in just my first title defense. Aldo is a hell of a fighter, I wonder what the future holds for my Brazilian brother. Getting paid is needed in a fight definitely. Some can find the motivation to defend no matter what however where as some can not. I always think there is a moment in your career that make you a true champion. It's when you find the motivation to keep earning what you already have, to defend. I have had one in my blessed career and this was most certainly the first of many #blessedera
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena