After Max Hollway’ s stunning performance to defeat arguably the greatest featherweight champion of all time in Jose Aldo, also adding to his unbelievable 11 fight win streak, there was only one name on the media’s lips. That name was Conor McGregor, who coincidently was Max’s last loss. But the new featherweight champion didn’t seem fazed in the slightest, saying in his post-fight press conference: “That guy was the 2015 champ, He can go running around wherever he’s at with the belt and celebrate, but guess what? You can’t take that away from him here. This is called the year 2017 right now, he’s the 2015 champ, and I’m the champ.”
Conor is most famous for Knocking out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds to claim the featherweight crown, but after 3 straight fights without 1 single defence, he was stripped. Even if McGregor never lost the belt, he never made an attempted to defend it. Conor would go on to hold the belt long enough to make history and hold 2 belts simultaneously in 2 different weight classes (Featherweight and Lightweight).
Holloway says he’s more likely to be like Demetrious Johnson and not take money fights to stay in his division to defend saying: “Demetrious Johnson, he finds his motivation of keep defending, keep defending, it takes a special human being to do that. And that’s me. I want to defend my throne. All my fans know, they love me, I want to defend this, I want to be a champ and keep defending. Come try to take over my village.”