Add top contender Max Holloway (15-3 MMA) to the list of featherweight fighters who do not believe Conor McGregor will ever return to fight at 145-pounds.
Holloway echoed the statements made by former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar regarding the brash Irish star in a recent interview with MMAFighting:
“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 STATED. “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?”
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will square off with Nate Diaz in a welterweight rematch in the event headlining bout for July’s blockbuster UFC 200 event in Las Vegas.
As of this time Holloway, who is riding a spectacular eight-fight win streak, does not have an opponent booked for the summer.
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