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Holloway on McGregor rematch: He’s talking about fighting Malignaggi in MMA, let that sink in

Will we ever see the Holloway vs McGregor super-fight? Max Holloway isn’t holding his breath.

UFC Fight Night: McGregor v Holloway Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

At UFC 218, Max Holloway stopped Jose Aldo for the second time, and the featherweight champion extended his winning streak to 12. His last loss was a decision against Conor McGregor back in 2013, and it brings up a possible rematch now that they’ve both grown into accomplished UFC champions.

Holloway states that he’s willing to take that rematch and go for a second belt, but with McGregor’s mind seemingly somewhere else, he’s not holding his breath.

“I’m a champion in my division, and I’ve got to keep it everything rolling. I’ve got a throne to defend, and I’m not going on a hiatus. As long as I get contenders, I’m going to fight, but if UFC called me for that, I’ll gladly fight him,” Holloway said after UFC 218.

“If the Conor fight don’t happen, it’s not on my side, I’ll tell you guys like right now. It’s on their team. Their team talk about me all the time. That I’m the best guy in the world, this and that — but right now, really think about this. Conor is talking about Paulie Malignaggi... in MMA. Let that sink in.

“Paulie Malignaggi in MMA. I don’t know what to say after that.”

Holloway, who already has wins over almost every single contender in the division, states that he’s more than willing to run through everyone else if the lucrative McGregor rematch doesn’t come to fruition.

“Right now, I’m focused on champ life. I want to be a long reigning featherweight champion. I want to be known in the history books — my name everywhere — as a champion,” he explained.

“Later on in my career, when I start getting good (on those goals), then I can start doing exhibitions matches for money and stuff. Right now, I think the world needs to know what a champion looks like,” he said. “I defend, I don’t really cry about anything. If you think you’re the best, fight Blessed.”