UFC 212: Max Holloway says Conor McGregor can 'come beg me to fight now'
The newly crowned champ pulled no punches on lightweight king
Max Holloway knows he could be looking at a rematch with Conor McGregor one day, but he's not going to worry about that now. Holloway, who earned the featherweight title on Saturday night with a third-round TKO of Jose Aldo, is on an 11-fight win streak since losing to McGregor in 2013.
"If he wants to come back down, he can come and get it," Holloway said via MMAFighting. "But if not, it is what it is, you know?"
Holloway lost a close decision to McGregor in that fight, the only time McGregor had been pushed to a decision in his UFC career until his second bout with Nate Diaz in 2016. Holloway understands that McGregor may look for bigger opportunities, but the Hawaiian is ready to take on any and all challengers.
"This guy's over here always trying to look for the bigger thing and that's him," Holloway said. "Good for him. I ain't going to chase someone around. I ain't going to talk about someone that ain't talking about me. He gets to choose his fights. Why am I going to cry and beg him to fight me? Get the hell out of here with that s---. He can beg to fight me now.
"Demetrious Johnson, he finds his motivation of keep defending, keep defending," Holloway added. "It takes a special human being to do that. And that's me. I want to defend my throne. All my fans know, they love me, I want to defend this, I want to be a champ and keep defending. Come try to take over my village."
Holloway appears to be on a collision course with former champion Frankie Edgar later on this year, but for now, he's going to enjoy what he's calling the "Blessed Era."
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