UFC 212 Aftermath: New Featherweight Champ Max Holloway Beaming With Confidence; Conor McGregor Fight Unlikely?
UFC 212 gave rise to Max Holloway who defeated Jose Aldo to become the new featherweight champion. Now that "Blessed" accomplished his mission and is the kingpin of the division, he will be the one waiting for the big fights. He is done chasing top fighters including Conor McGregor.
Before Holloway was crowned Saturday, the UFC featherweight division was in shambles. In December of 2015, McGregor knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds to capture the featherweight belt. Following that, the pride of Ireland decided to compete in heavier weight divisions.
Last November, McGregor fought for the lightweight crown and won. The victory made him the first simultaneous two-division titleholder in the UFC. He was the champion at featherweight and at lightweight. Unfortunately, due to his failure to defend the featherweight belt for nearly a year, it was taken away from him.
The UFC then returned it to Aldo. To determine his opponent, Holloway and Anthony Pettis faced each other in December of 2016 for the interim featherweight championship. Holloway won and this set up his clash with Aldo that took place Saturday.
Since McGregor is the ex-featherweight champion, Holloway was asked about a potential bout with him during the UFC 212 post-fight press conference. The Hawaiian responded with a strong message.
"I ain't going to chase someone around. I ain't going to talk about someone that ain't talking about me. He gets to choose his fights. Why am I going to cry and beg him to fight me? Get the hell out of here with that sh*t. He can beg to fight me now," Holloway said according to MMA Fighting. "I'm coming to that point now where people's going to start asking me to fight. I ain't asking no one to fight. I've got my throne. If you want it, come see me."
Knowing McGregor, he is unlikely to request someone to fight him. Besides this, it looks like his focus is on boxing and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
McGregor and Holloway already met inside the Octagon before. In 2013, McGregor defeated Holloway via unanimous decision.
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