The former featherweight champion is looking out for the current one.
Conor McGregor took to Twitter on Thursday to give his well-wishes to Max Holloway, who was set to defend his 145-pound title against Brian Ortega in the co-main event of UFC 226 on Saturday before it was announced that Holloway had been hospitalized with concussion-like symptoms and would not be able to compete on the card.
“The Notorious”, known for talking trash to his peers, instead offered a simple message of support for Holloway.
My thoughts and my respect are with 145lb World Champion Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 5, 2018
“My thoughts and my respect are with 145-pound world champion Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway,” McGregor wrote.
The two fighters have a history, having fought back in August 2013 at a FOX Sports 1 show in Boston. This was just McGregor’s second fight in the UFC and the preliminary booking was a far cry from the international superstar status that he would rise to later in his career. On that evening, McGregor defeated Holloway by unanimous decision.
McGregor went on to win the featherweight championship from Jose Aldo, but would eventually have to vacate it as he followed that triumph with a pair of welterweight bouts opposite Nate Diaz, a lightweight title bout with Eddie Alvarez, and later a blockbuster boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.
In his absence, Aldo would become featherweight champion again, then drop the championship to Holloway at UFC 212 in June 2017.