Max Holloway is currently in quite the odd position in the UFC’s featherweight division. While he currently sits at #3 on the official featherweight rankings behind interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo at #1, and Frankie Edgar at #2, Holloway boasts the longest active win streak in the UFC.
Since dropping a unanimous decision to Conor McGregor back in 2013, Holloway has gone on to rattle off 9 straight wins, including finishes of Cub Swanson and Charles Oliveira. In addition, Holloway’s 9-fight win streak includes wins over Jeremy Stephens, and most recently former featherweight title challenger Ricardo Lamas.
With Conor McGregor set to fight Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205 in November, and Jose Aldo currently requesting the UFC release him from his contract so he can retire from MMA, Holloway is starting to campaign for a rematch with McGregor, although he believes a fight with Aldo is more realistic.
He spoke to MMAFighting:
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“In my mind — and I’m a realist, I’m not jackass — the way things are panning out right now, all the signs are pointing Aldo right now. In my mind, being a realist. But if I got to choose, I would want to fight McGregor. I’m the only motherf*cker to give him a hard time at 45, and everybody is like, oh my god, he tore his ACL, and I’m like, you motherf*ckers, you guys are just as stupid as shit, to believe this guy tore his ACL and fought me for one-and-a-half rounds…fought me with a torn ACL? There’s no f*cking way.
“You see football players, volleyball players, track runners blow their ACL, they’re f*cking crying, can’t even move. So what the hell makes this guy so special? He maybe had a tear or something, but not a completely blown ACL. And most people don’t know, I got hurt in the first 10 seconds of that damn fight too. I hurt my damn ankle. And when you watch me fight, what does Max Holloway do? He moves. I could not move in that fight because of an ankle injury. I’m not saying the outcome would have been different, but the fight would have been way more entertaining.
“People keep blaming his injury, as to why he couldn’t finish me — and I’ve even heard, multiple times him saying, ‘if I don’t finish a fight, it’s not a win, I fight to the finish.’ So why not fight me? This guy, the only fighter he does not talk about in the 45 division is me. He runs his mouth about everybody except for one, and that’s ‘Blessed.’ That’s Max Holloway. His team respects me, I heard his coach always say nice stuff about me, so step up to the plate. Step up to the challenge. You know who’s the hardest guy here. Come fight me. You want to fight the best guys, come fight the best guys. Stop selling this dream, and stop selling these lies.”