Reporters recently caught up with featherweight champion, Max Holloway…

Max Holloway’s convincing victory over Jose Aldo on Saturday has led to increased talk of him possibly taking on Conor McGregor again somewhere down the line.

Holloway had this to say regarding facing Conor:

“I’m the champion of my division and I got to keep everything rolling,” Holloway said at the UFC 218 post-fight press conference. “I got to keep everything going. I got to (get) thrown in the deep end. I’m not going to go on a hiatus. As long as I get contenders, I’m going to fight.

“If (the) UFC call me up for that reason, any reason to fight him (McGregor), I’d gladly fight him. If the Conor fight don’t happen, it’s not on my side, I’ll tell you guys right now. It’s on their team. Their team talks about me all the time. They tell me about how I’m the best guy in the world and blah-blah-blah and this and that, but now, really think about this. Right now Conor’s talking about fighting Paulie Malignaggi in MMA. Let that sink in. Paulie Malignaggi in MMA, I don’t know what to say.”

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Possibility of Max Holloway vs. Conor McGregor II

It is tough to determine what the likelihood of this bout happening is.

At the moment, we don’t even know what sport Conor McGregor is going to be competing in next. Amongst the many people currently posturing for the next chance to share PPV bonuses with Conor is now Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya.

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Future Contenders at Featherweight

A big fight in the featherweight division is upcoming between #4 Cub Swanson and the undefeated #6 Brian Ortega. Swanson already has a loss on his record to Holloway from 2.5 years ago but has won 4 in a row since. Their fight headlines Saturday’s UFC Fight Night event and could have title shot implications if one of them wins convincingly.

Dana White seems less than impressed with Frankie Edgar’s late pull-out from his scheduled title fight with Holloway. This could mean Edgar won’t be receiving the next title shot.

“Unless it was a freak knee to the eye in wrestling or something like that,” he continued. “Who’s hitting you that hard in your training camp that you break your orbital? That’s insane. Anybody know the answer to that question?”

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Max Holloway Gives Conor McGregor Advice

If I had to really tell him, I’d tell him ‘Go figure your life out” with whats going on in the media, you’re hearing crazy things about the dude. I hope it’s not true, I hope we don’t see another guy see his statue fall because of *censored* things he chose to do outside the octagon.

I wish nothing but the best to him, he’s a businessman, fair play to him.

Max had this to say when asked if he thought Conor was ducking him:

“Don’t be scared homie!”

“It’s all fun and games I don’t think the man’s scared of anyone, you know what I mean?”

I respect people saying he’s scared of me, but he’s not, he’s a businessman, fair play to him. He’s a businessman.”

On his first fight with Conor in 2013:

He can hold onto that fight from years ago when we were little kids fighting on an undercard.

At the end of the day, I got an L on my record and I ain’t mad about it; I got 3 of them.

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Ian is a MMA writer based out of Toronto, ON Canada. An avid mixed martial arts enthusiast and passionate fan since he was born, Ian has been writing about mixed martial arts for over 5 years.