UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway prolonged his win streak to 13 by defeating Brian Ortega (4th spherical TKO stoppage) at UFC 231.
Holloway has inevitably had his title linked to a number of light-weight contenders as he continues to filter out a featherweight division filled with worthy adversaries.
However the Hawaiian native nonetheless has a rating to settle with a former UFC featherweight champion in Conor McGregor, who handed him his final loss over 5 years in the past. McGregor defeated a 21-year-old Holloway by unanimous choice in August 2013.
Since then, McGregor was catapulted into UFC stardom, holding UFC championships in two divisions. However he finds himself in want of a contemporary light-weight contender after his submission loss by the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
A rematch is unlikely as Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson appear more likely to cross paths once more. McGregor has already convincingly defeated Dustin Poirer, albeit a while in the past. And he has fought Nate Diaz twice.
In steps ‘Blessed’ to create a real light-weight contender super-fight. A bout that might make for an ideal introduction for Holloway to the light-weight division and a worthy problem for McGregor, who finds himself outdoors of the title image.
This matchup would pit Holloway’s quantity putting and conditioning in opposition to McGregor’s energy and accuracy. A win for both fighter would solely add to their unbelievable profession feats.
Since McGregor vs. Holloway in 2013 …
Max: 13-Zero, wins vs. Ortega, Aldo x 2, Pettis, Lamas, Stephens, Swanson.
Conor: 7-2, wins vs. Diaz, Alvarez, Aldo, Mendes, Poirier; submitted by Khabib and Diaz.
Two questions: Whose resume is extra spectacular? Who’s improved extra since?
— Simon Samano (@SJSamano) December 9, 2018
Each fighters are already thought of among the many best UFC featherweights of all time and maintain wins over one other featherweight legend in Jose Aldo. It could be fascinating that the talk surrounding the best featherweight might be settled within the light-weight division.
What’s that make me? https://t.co/laJK3COquQ
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) December 9, 2018
Dana White expressed his need for Holloway to maneuver to the light-weight division after his UFC 231 victory.
“Max is a grown man, and we have to speak. However I’d wish to see Max go to 55 (155lb) now. I feel he’s executed every little thing he can do at 45 (145lb). Why hold reducing that weight? I feel there are some huge issues for him at 55,” White mentioned.
And when requested how a lot affect he had over Holloway’s potential light-weight transfer, the UFC president merely responded, “So much. I’ve plenty of affect.”
The one hurdle presently stopping the matchup is McGregor’s impending listening to with the Nevada State Athletic Fee (NSAC) relating to the notorious melee that occurred after his bout with Nurmagomedov.
The NSAC listening to was set for December 11 however has now been pushed again to January 29. Each fighters have been handed a short lived suspension till the UFC 229 incident is resolved. McGregor and Nurmagomedov might be fined or sidelined with additional suspensions.
Breaking: The Nevada State Athletic Fee have dominated to increase the short-term suspension of Conor McGregor till the enquiry into the UFC 229 brawl is accomplished.
— TheMacLife (@Maclifeofficial) October 24, 2018
Following his featherweight title defence, Holloway was thrown many names, each featherweights and lightweights as potential opponents.
“We’ll see what occurs. I ain’t choosy. Feed me. All of them can get it,” Holloway responded.
When Holloway fought McGregor in 2013 he stepped in on late discover to face the Irishman. It was revealed that McGregor had torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) within the bout, forcing him to take the struggle to the bottom within the later rounds.
The win marked the primary time McGregor had failed to complete an opponent, and to this present day Holloway and Diaz are his solely two foes who’ve survived to see the judges’ scorecards. This, together with the truth that Holloway was simply 21 after they fought, creates loads of intrigue relating to a possible rematch.
A second assembly between Holloway and McGregor is sensible contemplating their historical past and standing within the featherweight division. It’s a giant struggle that may be promoted and not using a championship on both fighters’ shoulders.