UFC Featherweight Conor McGregor recorded his second win in the Octagon in as many tries when he defeat Max Holloway at last weekend’s UFC Fight Night 26 from Boston. He received a rousing ovation from the Irish-American fans, and was apologetic that he could not finish his opponent. Sadly enough, he also got a torn ACL, MCL, and cartiliage for his efforts, injuries that will sideline him for at least ten months.
It's a huge blow to the momentum of McGregor, who could have faced a noticeable step up in competition later this year.
There’s been a lot of speculation as to just whom McGregor will face next, but unfortunately now, it's going to be a long while off. While former TUF winner Diego Brandao readily accepted a fight with McGregor, “Notorious” took to Twitter to give his take on every single Featherweight in the Top-10, and not a whole lot of it was positive:
Aldo-Safe. Mendes-135er. Lamas-Nobody cares. Cub-OLD. TKZ-Open. Edgar-135er. Siver-OLD. Poirier-PeaHead. Guida-Boring. Lentz-Boring. Koch-?.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 22, 2013
McGregor may deem champion Jose Aldo “safe” because he failed to deliver punishment like people are accustomed to when he beat an injured Chan Sung Jung at the main event of UFC 163 earlier this month. He also believes Chad Mendes and Frankie Edgar to be true Bantamweights fighting at 145, Cub Swanson is “old,” and that “nobody cares” about the surging Ricardo Lamas.
It'll be intersting to see just where the UFC Featherweight division is when McGregor returns to fighting. Hopefully the injury won't have any lasting effects on the Irish fighter, but his hype train will be significantly derailed for the time being.