“I’m telling everybody now, we’re gonna cross paths again, and that second fight is gonna be a great one.”
Conor McGregor and Max Holloway, UFC lightweight and featherweight champions respectively, fought in 2013, in a bout that leaves more questions than answers to this day despite McGregor’s dominant win.
Would Conor have finished Max had his knee not been injured? Would Max have fared better with an uninjured ankle? Would McGregor defeat Holloway today, given the latter’s ascent to pound-for-pound legitimacy?
All are valid questions.
The Irishman soundly beat the then 21-year-old and went on to hold two UFC belts simultaneously – an unmatched feat. Now 26, Holloway is on a 12 fight win streak, granting Jose Aldo a rematch and defending his 145lb. strap in one fell swoop – neither of which McGregor decided to pursue.
The issue is that ‘The Notorious’ is highly unlikely to ever return to featherweight, with forays into welterweight and even boxing since his days at 145 pounds.
This promo from the superb AXIOM FILMS makes a fight that appears to be behind Conor vs Nate Diaz III and Conor/Tony Ferguson in priority a must-happen.
Holloway has mused over a potential move to lightweight having pretty much cleaned out the featherweight division bar Frankie Edgar and Brian Ortega.
Distractions past the possible Ferguson bout notwithstanding, 2018 could herald a magnificent rematch between numbers three and four in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings.