After his twelfth consecutive win at UFC 218, Max Holloway fired some shots at Conor McGregor laughing at the fact that the Irishman was trying to convince Paulie Malignaggi to fight him in the Octagon.
Having initially defeated Jose Aldo at UFC 212 back in June, Max Holloway let everyone know that it was no fluke on Saturday night as he finished the Brazilian for the second time in the third round.
Speaking in his post-fight press conference, the Hawaiin was asked about a potential rematch with Conor McGregor given the fact that the Dubliner was the last man to defeat Holloway before his current 12 fight win streak. Responding, the 25-year-old did not hesitate to criticise McGregor for his activity of late.
“Like I said, I’m the champion of my division and I’ve got to keep everything rolling,” said Holloway. “I’ve got to keep everything going. I’ve got a throne to defend. I’m not going on hiatus. As long as I get contenders, I’m going to fight.”
“But if UFC call me out for that reason, any reason for fighting him, I’ll gladly fight him. If the Conor fight don’t happen, it’s not on my side, I’ll tell you guys right now. It’s not on my side. It’s on their team.”
“Their team is talking about me all the time, they’re talking about how I’m the best guy in the world blah, blah, blah, this and that. Conor… Right now, Conor – really think about this – right now Conor is talking about fighting Paulie Malignaggi in MMA. Just let that sink in, you know. Paulie Malignaggi in MMA. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what to say after that.”
At this moment in time, it is very rare that McGregor responds to criticism or callouts from fellow fighters given the fact that his name is so frequently dropped.
However, it seems that the SBG star took particular issue with Holloway’s comment as he was quick to remind the Hawaiin how their last fight went down.
Posting a picture of a battered Holloway sitting in a wheelchair, McGregor simply stated that he misses ‘those sunglasses’. However, on closer inspection, the Dubliner himself can be seen smirking in the background of the photo revealing that it was in fact taken after the pair last fought at a Fight Night event in 2013.
On that occasion, McGregor won via unanimous decision after comfortably dominating the current featherweight champion for the entirety of their three-round battle.
Speaking after UFC 218, Dana White stated that he did not know when the lightweight champion plans to make his return but, given this latest turn of events, perhaps it may well be Holloway that the Irishman is keen to throw down with upon his UFC return.