Conor McGregor Willing To Rematch Max Holloway In Lightweight Division

Published 01/20/2021, 10:42 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 11: UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor hits a heavy bag during a media workout at the UFC Performance Institute on August 11, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Conor McGregor is preparing for a massive return against Dustin Poirier on Saturday. Poirier is someone Conor had beaten years ago in 2014. However, another Lightweight that Conor had beaten while he was rising up the Featherweight division was Max Holloway.

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Holloway fell to Conor that night in 2013, but has become arguably the greatest fighter in the history of the Featherweight division. After Holloway’s win over Calvin Kattar last Saturday, Conor says he is open for a rematch.

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“I thought it was a solid performance. You know? He fought an up and comer and he’s done well. I was actually doing an interview, and he skateboarded past my window. I was like, ‘oh that’s Max Holloway’, so he is obviously hanging around. All power to him, he’s definitely in the pipeline for the belt against me. For sure, I would happily rematch Max.

“After a performance like that, he has definitely put himself up there… Me and him? The rematch would definitely be at 155.”

On Holloway saying he is the best boxer in the UFC. “He’s not the best boxer. There’s no question. I am going to prove that on Saturday night. Oh wait, Sunday morning. So we’ll see what he has to say on Sunday morning.”

Conor McGregor vs Max Holloway II: How does it go at 155?

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Considering Holloway lost the fight as an unseasoned 145-pound fighter, it would be interesting to see this rematch. However, fighting at 155 does give Conor McGregor a massive advantage. Holloway showed in his fight against Dustin Poirier that he isn’t the most powerful puncher at 155.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 15: (L-R) Opponents Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar face off during the UFC weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 15, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Holloway is big but relatively lanky. If Max is willing to take time to work on getting stronger, he may be a better fighter at 155. He will still have his range and a size advantage.

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Conor beat Max at 145. However, Max has proven himself as possibly the greatest fighter in the history of that division. This rematch was a long-time coming, but it will be a shame that it can’t happen in the weight class they originally fought in. Nonetheless, if this happens, it will be an amazing fight.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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