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Max Holloway Claims Talks Of A ‘McGregor 155 Pound’ Fight Took Place With The UFC

The UFC featherweight champion had an interesting offer made to him last year by the promotion.

In the wake of his first win over Jose Aldo at UFC 212 in June of last year, Max Holloway looked to up his leverage with the organisation given his newfound status as one of its top fighters.

Though negotiations over a new contract soon began, they were still ongoing as late as September.

“I’m just asking for a fair shake,” Holloway stated at the time via MMA Fighting.

“You see a lot of these guys, a lot of these other champions making what they’re making. I’m not trying to take anything away from them, but I feel like I’m one of the more exciting fighters under contract in the UFC. At the end of the day, I’m the king.”

October saw terms agreed between the two parties, with Holloway soon agreeing to a title defence at the then-upcoming UFC 218 against Frankie Edgar (who was subsequently replaced by Jose Aldo).

vague statement at the time from management company Suckerpunch Entertainment only divulged that negotiations had “went well”, perhaps alluding to better pay-per-view cuts, or indeed top billing for each fight (with the lower weight classes bar women’s bantamweight rarely headlining PPVs).

As Holloway told UFC commentators Jon Anik and Kenny Florian on their self-titled podcast though, a rather lucrative carrot was dangled in front of the Hawaiian.

“Yeah, the UFC actually, before we had the contract issue, before my last fight, before we fought Frankie [in reference to UFC 218], we were going back and forward with contracts and stuff,” he told the hosts.

“They brought up Conor in it at ’55, and we’ll see what happens.

“Between me and him it happened a long time ago, and the guy wants to hold that win over my head. It is what it is, but I guarantee, if we don’t end up fighting, it’s on their side. They know who’s the best in the world. If McGregor wants to come back, I’m here and waiting.”

This is the first mention the 26-year-old has made of these supposed contract talks, so whether anything is set in stone regarding the two combatants who fought in 2013 remains to be seen.

Holloway has certainly made his intentions clear elsewhere about a move to lightweight, so the two may be on a collision course regardless later on this year. If McGregor ever defends his lightweight title, that is.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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