Max Holloway gästade The MMA Hour i måndags. Där berättade han bland annat om sitt tjafs med Conor McGregor på sociala medier, dagen efter att han framgångsrikt försvarat sin titel mot Jose Aldo. Han sa till Ariel Helwani att han hade kändt sig tvungen att svara efter att Conor McGregor nämnt honom i en uppdatering på Instagram.
When a bully pulls your hair, you punch him in the face, you know, it’s funny. The guy’s funny, I couldn’t help but laugh. I’m on his mind apparently. Like I said, I told you guys, I’m a champion and we just brought order back to the division. I’m trying to think of our division and respect all the other fighters. It took me 10 fights to get the damn interim title shot and then 11 to get an undisputed shot. It’s my duty to make sure everything runs smoothly. I gotta respect our sport, my division and the guys that are fighting in it. That’s what I gotta do. At the end of the day, this guy is gonna keep yapping.
Holloway menar att McGregor klamrar sig fast vid en seger, från 2013, som idag saknar relevans.
This guy has got a win over me when we were kids in a Fight Night show — I think the main event was (Chael) Sonnen and (Mauricio) “Shogun” Rua. I don’t know if the two of them are in the UFC anymore, you know me and him made 12K that night and I think he’s happy to hold onto that. That’s the kind of person he is. (UFC) asked me about the Conor fight at 155 when I was signing my new contract like I told you guys, but I heard he was trying to fight Paulie Malignaggi in MMA. … I don’t know what else you want me to say. He holds his head high over that win, I would never. Look at what I did. I fought someone who people consider and who I consider the greatest of all time. I gave him his straight rematch. I didn’t care. If you want to be the best you’ve got the beat the best, and the best is ‘Blessed,’ baby.
Han sa även att han skulle välkomna en match mot lättviktsmästaren, och om en sådan match inte skulle inträffa så har det enbart med McGregor att göra.
Tell him I’ll be waiting. If that fight doesn’t happen it’s not on our side, it’s on his. Right now, I’m focused on champ life. When the exhibition fights come up and I have choices to make I can start calling out boxing guys and tell them, ‘come over to MMA, big shot.’ We’ll see what happens, but it’s just funny, you know? It’s funny. I’m quite surprised because every time they talk about this guy’s UFC career, one name doesn’t come up and that’s Max Holloway. It’s me. For him to bring me up is actually funny. It’s surprising, it’s hilarious and we’ll see what happens. He’s still retired in my eyes. When he comes back and wants to fight a real MMA fighter let me know. Until then it’s like I said, if a bully pulls your hair, you’ve got to turn around and punch him in the face.
Fjäderviktsmästaren tror att McGregors stormiga privatliv kommer att sätta käppar i hjulet för ett framtida möte dem emellan.
I don’t know what to think, what do you think? Do you think it’s a possibility? Do you think his recent actions and all of what’s going on and all the news that’s coming out about what’s going on with him personally and stuff – I don’t know what to think when it comes to Conor McGregor. He’s an interesting man – fair play to him. If it’s a fight it’s a fight, but first things first I’ve got my throne to defend.