UFC featherweight Max Holloway joined BJPENN.COM Radio this past Wednesday, August 21, 2013 to discuss his bout with Conor McGregor, which took place last weekend for the UFC’s return to Boston as well as the company’s debut on the new Fox Sports 1 network.
A late replacement for Andy Ogle, Holloway (7-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) lost the fight to McGregor via unanimous decision. Despite a reputation for finishing fights, the red-hot McGregor could not put away the fighter they call “Blessed”.
The lack of a finish, McGregor said, was due to a knee injury he sustained early in the fight. Holloway, however, disputes that claim.
“He’s saying that he hurt it early or whatever and that’s why he couldn’t finish me or whatever, but he hurt it at the end of the second round,” Holloway said. “So I don’t really know how come he couldn’t finish me at the beginning of the first round or the second round.”
It was the last 40 seconds of the second round, to be exact, that Holloway claims McGregor actually hurt his knee during a transition on the ground.
“I had a lockdown on his ankle and he tried to twist his knee a certain way, and I think I just kind of hipped in. It was at a weird angle and I hipped into it, and he screamed when it happened. But he kept fighting, so I was like, ‘oh, I guess nothing’s too wrong’ you know?”
Holloway, who himself suffered an ankle injury in the fight after throwing a high kick, said that despite the loss he felt great during camp and had no excuses for his performance; the better man simply came out on top.
That’s not to say that he felt like himself in the cage, though, as he claims anyone familiar with his past fights could see a difference in the way he performed.
“I’m not saying that the fight would have been any different, I just feel like I would have been able to move a little bit more and get out of some punches that I was taking,” Holloway said.
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