In the past couple of months, the current UFC lightweight champion, Conor McGregor has been taking sly digs and shots at many fighters via social media. One fighter McGregor has particularly quite often called out is the current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway. Holloway too has always replied to McGregor’s comments and the two have been involved in a lot of banter. “Blessed” has now responded to the social-media war going on in between the duo.
Holloway suffered the last loss of his career against McGregor at UFC Fight Night 26 around five years ago. He has since been on atwelve fight win streak and has also defended his title once at UFC 218.
Holloway has been involved in a Twitter war against the Irishman. He finally responded to his on going banter with McGregor in an interview given to MMA Junkie. Here’s what he had to say:
He’s been taking shots at me, go tell all his fans, tell the whole world that he’s been taking shots at me. Then the one time he throws an underhand pitch – that’s a juicy ball, that chicken thing – no one was going to take it up? You’re crazy if you think ‘Blessed’ is going to let that slide. Your boy is going to slide in and let you know.
This guy’s been picking on me. It’s like the school ground when you’re at school. If you ever get bullied, when you get sick of it, you turn around and you punch the bully in the face, and they don’t say anything. That’s what happened. It’s all right. I could not let that slide. I was giving a chance to everyone. No one was doing it, so ‘Blessed’ was going in.
He can tweet me, Conor can tweet me, and no one gives him (expletive), then I hit him back, and people are like, ‘You’re begging for a super fight.’ He’s tweeting me! What the hell? But people are always going to choose their sides. I wasn’t asking for a super fight. I got a loss. I’ve got three losses, and I want them all back. Right now we just got the division somewhat rolling. We’ve brought clarity to the division. I’ve got a belt to defend. I’ve got a championship to show the world.
I’ve got a throne to sit on and defend and show the world I’m the one. When I get pushed to 155 (pounds), we’ll see what happens. But for now my focus is on 145. I definitely think of 155 fights, but until I’m forced up there or the UFC tells me they want me up there, I’ll go. But right now it’s about keeping the 145-pound weight class in check and keep everything rolling and keep everything smooth.