Max Holloway is set to fight Charles Oliveira at UFC Fight Night 74 this Saturday, but the rising featherweight still has his sights on the last man who beat him.
Holloway will be gunning for his seventh straight victory in Saskatoon this weekend, which he began after he was decisioned by Conor McGregor in 2013. Holloway has relayed that he wants another crack at “Notorious”, and while talking to MMA OddsBreaker, “Blessed” said this (comments via MMA Mania.com):
“I can’t sit over here and say he (McGregor) is not the real deal. He has been doing so much for the sport and doing awesome. At the end of the day, I want my rematch because I believe I can beat him. I believe I’m the best fighter in the world. That’s my beliefs and that’s what got me here. I can’t wait to rematch that guy. I’m not saying that when we fight again, I’m going to win and this and that, I’m just saying that — everybody was saying the first fight was good, and I should be happy I went to a decision with him. That’s being happy in second place or being a loser. I don’t want to be a loser, I want to be a winner. I work too hard to not be one. I want to rematch him and see how it goes. It should be great, The first fight was great, the second will be awesome. If UFC wants to talk numbers and their is big hype for McGregor vs. Holloway 2, let’s see what happens.”
There’s no question that Holloway has done nothing but impress since he faced McGregor. After all, the 23 year-old has decisioned noted vets like Cole Miller and Cub Swanson since then, and is now ranked #5. So, if Holloway can get past Oliveira, and wins another fight or two, a rematch with McGregor could very well go down.
The latter is set to fight champion Jose Aldo on December 12th at UFC 194. “Notorious” has won four more bouts since he faced Holloway, and in July, stopped Chad Mendes to become interim champ.