Rising 23-year-old featherweight contender Max “Blessed” Holloway has rattled off a very impressive seven-straight wins since his last loss, a 2013 unanimous decision loss to none other than interim UFC 145-pound champ Conor McGregor.
McGregor, who is known to be a prolific knockout artist, actually suffered a knee injury in their first bout, but it turns out that Holloway was banged up as well. Recently speaking with FOX Sports, “Blessed” said that he hasn’t complained or made excuses, which he can’t say about the “Notorious” one:
“I didn’t complain but I had an injury in the first 30 seconds of the fight that made me not be able to move the way I wanted to move,” Holloway revealed.
“We’ll see what happens. The last time we fought someone took someone down and it wasn’t me.
McGregor will now take on reigning 145-pound kingpin Jose Aldo in a highly-anticipated unification bout at December 12’s UFC 194, while Holloway meets Jeremy Stephens on that very same card. Holloway has made it very clear that he would like a rematch with the Irishman, and if both are victorious in December, “Blessed” has offered to fight McGregor in Ireland:
“If Conor gets through (Jose) Aldo and I beat (Jeremy) Stephens, I’ll come back to Ireland and we can fight inside that little soccer field that he wants to fight in,” Holloway said in reference to Ireland’s Croke Park, which is rumored for a UFC card in 2016.”
There may be some barriers hindering Holloway’s plans, however. Of course both he and McGregor would have to be victorious, but it’s also thought that the winner of December 11’s Chad Mendes vs. Frankie Edgar bout is next in line for a title shot. On top of all of that, if McGregor does indeed come out on top, he has hinted at a potential move up to lightweight.
That doesn’t seem to be a problem, as “Blessed” has said that he too could be moving up in the near future, adding that he sees he and the “Notorious” one fighting multiple times:
“I’m only 23, I turn 24 at the end of the year,” Holloway said. “I’m probably going to go up in weight and me and Conor’s probably going to fight a bunch of times and all you guys are going to be loving it.”
Would the outcome be different if Holloway and McGregor were to do it again?