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Max Holloway Has Taken A Different View On The Conor McGregor/Featherweight Situation

The featherweight contender spoke to Ariel Helwani of The MMA Hour regarding his future in the division in which Conor McGregor reigns for now.

The status of McGregor’s next opponent in the wake of his win at UFC 202 has many contenders waiting with bated breath.

Interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo has felt slighted ever since his loss to the Irishman last December, and has engaged in some very questionable trash talk since. Nate Diaz wants a rubber match, and is content to wait as long as necessary to complete his trilogy with McGregor. Rafael dos Anjos has caustically called him out since their proposed bout at UFC 196 fell through.

Conspicuous by his absence in the conversation is Max Holloway.

Max Holloway and Jeremy Stephens in a featherweight fight during UFC 194 on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Riding a sensational nine-fight win streak since his loss to the ‘Notorious’ in 2013, Holloway has campaigned for a rematch to even the score.

Despite this, UFC president Dana White is adamant that Conor defends his belt next against Aldo, if he defends it at all with much talk of a move to lightweight. McGregor has fought twice since winning the belt without defending it, much to the chagrin of many who covet the gold.

Whatever happens, Holloway claims that he won’t be a ‘crybaby’ about it.

“If I was in that position, I would do what I want to, everyone keeps crying and complaining but I ain’t no crybaby,” ‘Blessed’ told Ariel Helwani.

Conor McGregor (R) takes a punch from Nate Diaz

“I won’t let emotions get into this, you can’t change anything. The UFC will do what they want, and I’ll just wait for the call. You’re not gonna spill milk and try to put it back in the container – just wipe that shit up and move on.”

A breath of fresh air to those who have grown weary of Aldo’s ramblings, but the Hawaiian is letting McGregor off the hook.

“It’s one of my dream fights. People keep saying: ‘He had a torn ACL and couldn’t finish you’. If Conor wants to prove that he can finish me, take the fight! I keep calling him out, I keep talking and he’s not talking about me.

He’s talking about other guys.”

Alternatives that interest Holloway include a showdown with Aldo if Conor relinquishes the belt, and a marquee fight with bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz if he can secure the 145lb. belt.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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