After back-to-back knockout wins over featherweight great Jose Ado, Max Holloway is making quite a case for being the greatest 145-pound fighter to ever grace the Octagon – but one man may have something to say about that.
Prior to “Blessed,” McGregor became the first man to ever defeat Aldo under the UFC’s banner back in December of 2015 in the main event of UFC 194. The Irishman starched his Brazilian counterpart in just 13 seconds with a flush left hand. McGregor would never compete at featherweight again after that bout, going on to capture the lightweight championship after a welterweight rivalry with Nate Diaz.
Since McGregor left the division Aldo recaptured the 145-pound throne before dropping the title to Holloway in his own home country of Brazil back in June. Prior to their championship accolades, however, McGregor and Holloway previously went head-to-head inside the cage back in August of 2013.
“The Notorious One” handled Holloway rather easily, with a torn ACL halfway though the fight, en-route to a unanimous decision victory. Since suffering the defeat, Holloway has racked up 12-straight wins that include a title victory and defense over Aldo.
Now that Holloway is making a case for being the greatest featherweight of all time, it may prompt McGregor to drop back down to his former championship weight-class and solidify his place amongst the greats. UFC President Dana White was asked about a possible rematch between McGregor and Holloway at the UFC 218 post-fight press conference, and here’s what he had to say:
“Again, like I said to everybody last week that was at my office, you know, who knows if Conor is even going to fight again? So I’m rolling like he’s not. So, yeah, if Conor comes back and defends the title, then – you know – anything is possible.”