Recently Frankie Edgar argued that Conor McGregor likely won’t return to the UFC’s featherweight division, and now another contender at 145, Max Holloway, has said the same.
Edgar is scheduled to fight Jose Aldo for the interim featherweight belt now at UFC 200, the same night that McGregor will face Nate Diaz for a second time at 170. Edgar believes that McGregor could return to 145 if he loses to Diaz again, but he also doesn’t see the star defending the featherweight belt after consecutive losses either.
Holloway, meanwhile, recently talked to MMA Fighting.com. When asked to weigh-in on McGregor’s future at 145, he said this:
“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 said. “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.”
The contender also noted that McGregor was a “big boy” for his UFC 196 clash with Diaz, and argued that since the latter’s fighting again at 170, it makes a return to 145 less likely. “Blessed” could be right…
McGregor has never said that he intends to vacate the featherweight belt, but you have to wonder what’s going to happen, if he defeats Diaz on July 9th. Dana White has also said that McGregor will defend the featherweight belt after this bout.
Holloway, who has won eight straight since he was decisioned by McGregor, isn’t currently booked for his next bout.