‘We Understand What It Takes to Be Here’ – Max Holloway Says He Respects Conor McGregor Despite the Friction

Published 11/11/2021, 12:10 PM EST
EDMONTON, ALBERTA – JULY 27: Max Holloway celebrates after defeating Frankie Edgar in their UFC featherweight championship bout during the UFC 240 event at Rogers Place on July 27, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


It is quite common for Conor McGregor to engage in Twitter wars with other UFC fighters. In fact, he is quite famous for his trash talk, Twitter wars, and call-outs within the MMA community. A new name on McGregor’s list is Max Holloway. 

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McGregor and Holloway first clashed back in 2013 as they aimed to move up the ranks. McGregor won the bout through a unanimous decision. However, both the fighters were able to keep their relationship professional and respectful.

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Recently, Holloway and McGregor engaged in online Twitter banter. Many fans are excited to see if this could translate into them clashing in the octagon once again. 

Max Holloway talks about Conor McGregor

In a pre-fight interview, Holloway discussed his back-and-forth with McGregor on Twitter. He said, “I don’t say nothing to Conor that I wouldn’t say to a training partner, you know what I mean. And Conor don’t say nothing to me that he wouldn’t say to a training partner.”

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – JUNE 03: Max Holloway celebrates after his TKO victory over Jose Aldo of Brazil in their UFC featherweight championship bout during the UFC 212 event at Jeunesse Arena on June 3, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He further said, “We some competitive guys, and I mean like, I’ll probably be going to Twitter wars with him until he’s 60.” 

Holloway continued, “I got nothing but respect for him, but this is a competitive. We understand what it takes to be here… to actually compete at this level. And who doesn’t like some banter?”

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From Holloway’s comments, it is clear that he respects McGregor as a fighter. However, he has also made it clear that he, too, is very competitive. 

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Banter is surely an important aspect of the business and generates a lot of attention. This banter between Holloway and McGregor has led to fans speculating a potential fight between the two.

When asked about a bout against ‘The Notorious’, Holloway did not confirm nor deny it. Instead, he asked everyone to be ready for a great ride. He will next fight Yair Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night.

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Do you think a second fight between Max Holloway and Conor McGregor will happen next year? Who would you be rooting for? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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