Chael Sonnen has an interesting look towards UFC. He knows the business behind match-ups and understands the fighter’s decision to not fight a certain opponent. Sonnen is often harsh in his views. However, he backs his arguments with logic and shows an understanding of the game, due to his vast experience inside and outside the octagon. In the lead up to UFC 246, where Conor McGregor will face Donald Cerrone, Sonnen answered several fan questions on both the fighters. When asked about Conor facing Max Holloway at 155, if he loses against Cerrone at UFC 246.
Here’s what Chael Sonnen had to say
“Conor McGregor fighting Max Holloway is simply never going to happen. Ever, ever. It’s just simply not. And the people who enjoyed the match, good for you, archived, please go back and rewatch it. But that’s just the closest you are ever going to get to that. For many reasons. One of the reasons that fight is not going to happen, and doesn’t make any sense to happen is both of those guys are world title challengers. And this is before I get into the fact that Max is a 145 pounder, and Conor is a 155 pounder. Before I even get into the fact that they are not on the same weight class, you do have to understand that all Conor is going to be doing is fighting for championships.”
Max Holloway recently lost his featherweight title to Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 245. Now Conor has not shown any interest in going down to featherweight and rightfully so. He was unbeaten in UFC as a featherweight. He became the interim champion and then the undisputed champion. Hence there is not much left for Conor to achieve at 145. And at the moment it does not seem Max is leaning towards moving up to lightweight.
“It’s doesn’t make sense that both the fighters fight and put one over when both of them are stars. So, a totally different story when you have to become a star.”
Chael Sonnen believes that a match between Conor McGregor and Max Holloway reaps no result for both the fighters. Considering both of them are fighting in the same division, and have to clash for the championship belt, it’s a different story.
What’s next for Conor McGregor?
Conor McGregor will face Donald Cerrone in the welterweight division at UFC 246 inside T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
What’s next for Max Holloway?
Max Holloway suffered a unanimous decision loss against Alexander Volkanoski. While Dana White mentioned a rematch in Australia at UFC 245 post-match conference, the official decision is not out yet.
I low-key like Dana White and his decisions, but that doesn't mean I am not a fan of super fights. Always up for a chat related to UFC, Nikhil is a passionate photographer and storyteller.