On Friday night, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor touched down in Glasgow, Scotland for an illuminating Q&A session. One of the most interesting revelations from this event arose when McGregor began discussing reigning featherweight champion Max Holloway, who he defeated back in 2013.
While McGregor shared his belief that he should still be considered the UFC featherweight champion, he also showered the new champ Holloway with praise, applauding him for his tremendous win-streak.
Speaking on a recent episode of MMA Tonight on SiriusXM Rush, Holloway discussed a potential rematch with McGregor. Unsurprisingly, he believes he’d dominate the Irishman in a do-over, effectively ending the McGregor ‘fairytale.’
“There’s this fairytale,” Holloway said (via MMAMania). “Everybody’s talking about him as the champion and this and that but his last four fights he’s 2-2 , one of them being questionable. He could have been 1-3 right now if we’re being totally honest. At the end of the day, there’s this fairytale to him and this fairytale breaks if he fights someone like me and I beat him.”
While Holloway believes he’d end McGregor’s fairytale if they fought again, he does have respect for the Irish star.
“He runs his mouth, he talks the talk, and he’s been walking the walk, so touché to him,” Holloway admitted. “At the end of the day, when I talk I’m not saying stuff to try and hurt your feelings. When I speak, I speak facts and if you’re getting mad, it’s because you know it’s the truth. That guy tries to push it off a little bit more in a WWE way and that’s him, that’s fair play to him. He can do it, I can’t do that. I’m pretty sure that if a lot of people could do it, we’d be doing it. You can’t and you’ve got to respect someone like that.
“He does it his way, I’m doing it my way. When I start running my mouth I start running facts, I start giving guys numbers, I start giving guys ideas of where I come from and where I work. He just kind of wants to get under your skin but you can’t be mad at the guy, that’s his personality. I’m not a hater. I respect him. He’s on his grind and he’s using it and he’s getting his, so fair play to him.”
Who do you think wins a rematch between Conor McGregor and Max Holloway?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 9/28/2017.