PHOENIX — One figure lost amongst the drama surrounding Conor McGregor and the featherweight division is Max Holloway, the surging 24-year-old Hawaiian who has won a division-best eight consecutive fights.
Despite his momentum, Holloway ended up being the odd man out at UFC 200. And while he insists that he sees the merits of what McGregor is attempting to do in the upper weight classes, Holloway also can’t help but wonder if featherweight has seen the last of its UFC champion.
“At the end of the day, who knows if he comes back to 145? Honestly, my feeling, I don’t think that he does,” Holloway told MMA Fighting. “I think that 155-pound fight (against dos Anjos) was already saying that he just wanted to be at 155, hold the two titles, say that he did it, then just move up full-time. That’s what I thought he was thinking of doing, because he’s a big guy. All you hear of him is struggling to make 145. This guy struggles. You see, all he does is [cut weight] all week long.
“So he was going to go up sooner or later. Then you see him getting bigger every fight. … His last fight, he was a big boy. And he already had a hard time cutting. [With him] going back up to 170, I think he’s going to gain weight and have to cut a little, just trying to compete at that level, at 170. So who knows if he’s coming down?”
McGregor is set to rematch Nate Diaz in a welterweight contest on July 9 in the main event of UFC 200. With the Irishman’s belt on hold, the featherweight division’s next two noisiest contenders — Frankie Edgar and former champion Jose Aldo — are slated to vie for the ….View full article
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