Midnight Mania! Holloway Vs. Mac 2 In McGregor Return?

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Midnight Mania! Holloway Vs. Mac 2 In McGregor Return?

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Max Holloway wants a high-profile fight.

The top-ranked Featherweight contender is currently riding a two-fight win streak, but there’s nowhere for the former champion to climb. He’s already lost three times to current champion Alexander Volkanovski, and there just isn’t a huge demand for a fourth match at the moment. Meanwhile, UFC is tired of the Hawaiian killing off contenders, so up-and-comers like Ilia Topuria can skip the “Blessed” challenge.

There’s a reason he’s calling out Justin Gaethje for a BMF title defense. There just aren’t many exciting options for Holloway at 145 pounds until Volkanovski loses the belt. Perhaps the most intriguing Lightweight option, however, would be a Conor McGregor rematch.

The two first fought over ten years ago in August 2013. McGregor won a clear-cut unanimous decision and was in the midst of his run to the top, whereas Holloway was about to go on his title-winning 13-fight win streak. For years, there’s been a mutual respect and interest in running it back.

That’s why Holloway feels he’s on the shortlist as McGregor’s return opponent, and it wouldn’t shock him if UFC switches courses from the current Michael Chandler plan.

“Conor McGregor fights who he wants to fight and I’m always on the shortlist for him,” Holloway told ESPN (via MMAJunkie). “It probably irks him that I was the only man that he didn’t get to put away in the featherweight division, so we’ll see. I have nothing but respect for the guy. I’m glad he’s coming back. It’s going to be great for the sport that he’s coming back.

“A lot of people are saying (Michael) Chandler, but if you think Dana White has a nasty curveball, Conor’s curveball is way more nasty than his. At the end of the day, we’ll see what happens. I’m always on the shortlist for the dude. I’m just glad that there is talks of him coming back and we’ll wait to see when the talk is. Everything is talk until it’s not, until he’s making that walk to the octagon.”

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