Conor McGregor took some time off talking about boxing to turn his attention back to MMA…
Since being scheduled to box Floyd Mayweather on August 26, there’s been minimal talk from Conor McGregor about his MMA future. Although he’s currently the lightweight world champion, he’s been out of action since beating Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.
McGregor’s history as UFC champion is oft debated. Beating Jose Aldo for the 145-pound strap in late 2015, ‘The Notorious’ would fight at welterweight and lightweight before eventually being stripped of the belt.
That’s where Max Holloway comes into the equation. Once McGregor was stripped, Jose Aldo was promoted to full champion, but the promotion needed gold on the line at 145, and quickly.
After winning the interim belt against an overweight Anthony Pettis, ‘Blessed’ took the fight to Jose Aldo and won. The Hawaiian looked great against ‘Scarface’ and promised to put together multiple title defenses, making featherweight great again.
Having beaten Holloway by decision back in 2013, McGregor says he doesn’t consider his former opponent the champion. Speaking with MMAFighting.com, the Irishman said he’s still the boss at 145 pounds:
McGregor’s Claim To The Throne
“I mean, how can I not consider myself the UFC featherweight world champion and the UFC lightweight world champion?” McGregor said Wednesday on a media conference call. “The current UFC featherweight world champion is Max Holloway, a man who I dismantled, and the former was Jose Aldo.
I still reign supreme over that division. And then also, the 155-pound division, I know there’s talks of an interim belt — I’d only won that belt, and literally a month later there was an interim scheduled.
“But it is what it is, everyone knows I am the multiple-weight world champion of the UFC’s featherweight division and lightweight division, and I look forward to going back and continuing where I left off.”
Below is Max Holloway’s response to Conor McGregor…
On to Mayweather, and McGregor now says he’ll finish the undefeated (49-0) boxing great in under one round:
“I said four, but that’s me being humble,” the UFC lightweight champion told Conan O’Brien. “I don’t believe he will even exit the first round, but I’m trying to be humble on national TV. So I say four — inside four.”
“I think the styles of opponents that Floyd has faced have moved in a certain way,” McGregor said. “The boxing game is almost set in its way, I feel. Their feet are flat. They have no spring in and out. Compare that with a mixed martial artist, they can bounce in and out at a fast tempo. So I believe I will paint pictures in there that he has never seen or the boxing community has never seen before and that will cause him big trouble.
“Factor that in with the precision and the punching power — it only takes me one shot. I’ve KO’d men inside three seconds. I won the UFC title in 13 seconds. So, factor in all those things — with the punching power and the precision — it’s over for Floyd and that’s it.”