Max Holloway will main event UFC 206 in Toronto, Canada on Saturday night for the UFC interim featherweight championship against Anthony Pettis and goes into the fight on a nine fight win streak. The last person to hand Holloway a defeat? None other than Conor McGregor.
McGregor and Holloway squared off at UFC Fight Night: Boston in August 2013, with McGregor picking up an unanimous decision victory which lead to both fighters going on incredible runs since their meeting. With that great run, Holloway wants what any fighter with a defeat eating away at them wants, to correct the losses on their record, starting with McGregor.
“First things first, I’ve got Pettis,” Holloway said on the MMA hour. “But you know, a McGregor fight can happen anyway. He said 155, 170, I recently said I’ll go ahead and fight heavyweight if he wants to fight heavyweight.”
Holloway was clearly joking about fighting at heavyweight but it shows the fight with McGregor is on his mind and he wants to correct that loss on his record and could even go up to 155lb to fight the lightweight champion. “I’m 25. My body is growing. You know? The plan is to kill everybody, take out all the contenders, no whining. When I get my title shot, I get my shot. Take down and ask who is next and see what happens… I’m Hawaiian, I’m Polynesian, us boys can get big, so we’ll see what happens.”
Although Holloway would like to get his revenge against McGregor, you won’t hear him belittling the lightweight champions accomplishments even though, for some time, The Notorious held up the featherweight division, with Holloway saying “I would love to do that”. “Everybody hates on this guy. For what? If you had this opportunity, you know damn straight that you’d take it. If I had the opportunity, yes, it’s history. I want to break history. Like I said before, Conor McGregor set this bar and I’m trying to break it. If you’re not trying to break it, then why are you in the game? I’m not trying to be this guy just chugging along, I want to lead the pack. If I got this opportunity you’re damn straight I want to fight for two, give me three. Let’s make history.”