Over the weekend, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway was forced out of his planned UFC 222 title defense opposite Frankie Edgar with a leg injury. Shortly after this disappointing twist made headlines, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, who owned the featherweight belt before Holloway, took a shot at the Hawaiian.
McGregor took this shot on Instagram, sharing a photo from his 2013 decision win over Holloway.
“When there is no referee to save you,” McGregor said in the caption for this post.
It did not take long for Holloway to respond to this jab from McGregor, and we gotta say, his rebuttal was pretty good.
In his response, Holloway shared a photo of the referee waving off McGregor’s August 2017 boxing mega fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
When there is pic.twitter.com/b4H3CC85B9
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) February 4, 2018
“When there is,” Holloway said in his post.
After his win over Holloway, McGregor defeated Diego Brandao, Dustin Poirier, Denis Siver, Chad Mendes to win the interim featherweight title, and Jose Aldo to win the undisputed featherweight title. In his next fight, we was upset by late replacement Nate Diaz, losing via submission in the second round. McGregor avenged this loss in his next fight, picking up a majority decision win over Diaz. In his most recent MMA fight, which occurred in November of 2016, McGregor knocked out Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC lightweight title. Though he has not competed in MMA since then, his boxing match with Mayweather definitely kept him busy through 2017.
Holloway, meanwhile, has not lost since his defeat to McGregor, defeating Will Chope, Andre Fili, Clay Collard, Akira Corassani, Cole Miller, Cub Swanson, Charles Oliveira, Jeremy Stephens, Ricardo Lamas, Anthony Pettis, Jose Aldo (twice).
Do you think Conor McGregor and Max Holloway will ever fight again?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/5/2018.