Given Conor McGregor’s run-ins with much of the combat sports world, his relationship with rival Max Holloway has always been a curious one.
The two fought in 2013, with McGregor emerging as the winner. Holloway won the UFC featherweight championship last year, a title that McGregor has always laid claim to despite being stripped of it in 2016.
Although their proximity in competitiveness atop the UFC has seen some barbs thrown back and forth over the years, McGregor has rarely spat venom at his close rival even though he has taken aim at, among other things, the WWE, Donald Trump, and Queen Elizabeth.
Holloway has also been somewhat respectful of the Irishman amid jabs of ‘being sonned’ in their featherweight contest, lending his support to McGregor for his recent legal troubles.
The news broke yesterday that Holloway was pulled from the co-main event of UFC 226 this weekend having displayed ‘concussion-like symptoms’.
It was something that Michael Bisping picked up on while interviewing the Hawaiian on UFC Tonight on Wednesday, noticing that something wasn’t right with the 19-3 star.
“Don’t be offended when I say this, but you look like you just got out of bed!”, Bisping said. “Are you tired? What’s going on? How’s the weight cut?”
The 26-year-old reassured him that everything was fine. Of course, it wasn’t.
Now Conor McGregor himself has offered his well wishes to a man who he has finally acknowledged as the featherweight champion.
My thoughts and my respect are with 145lb World Champion Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 5, 2018
The details of Holloway’s issue are troubling, with the gravity of it not being lost on ‘The Notorious’.
As for UFC 226 itself, the company has stated that Brian Ortega will not fight at the pay-per-view.