Max Holloway Talks Conor McGregor After Title Win: 'If You Want It, Come See Me'

Thomas Duffy@@TJDhoopsFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2017

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After defeating Jose Aldo to become the UFC's undisputed featherweight champion Saturday night, Max Holloway addressed Conor McGregor, the division's former champion.

The 25-year-old lost to the Irishman by unanimous decision in August 2013. McGregor later won the featherweight and lightweight straps, becoming the first UFC fighter to hold two belts simultaneously.

"That guy was the 2015 champ," Holloway said. "He can go run around wherever he's at with the belt and celebrate, because guess what—you can't take it away from him. This is called the year 2017 right now ... and I'm the champ. If he wants to come back down, he can come and get it."

As Holloway alluded to, McGregor called himself the "champ champ" before he was stripped of the featherweight belt two weeks after he knocked out Eddie Alvarez in November.

Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA

The champ champ https://t.co/iprUKL0Ldx

Now, McGregor is reportedly working on a deal to box Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"I ain't gonna chase someone around. I ain't gonna talk about someone who's not talking about me," Holloway said of McGregor. "He gets to choose his fights. Why am I gonna cry and beg him to fight me? Get the hell out of here with that s--t. You can beg to fight me now."

Though UFC media and fans would surely love to see a rematch between Holloway and McGregor, it's unclear if The Notorious will ever fight at 145 pounds again:

Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

Can't help but feel like UFC brass are happy. Yes, Holloway lost to McGregor moons ago, but this freshens things up in a big way @ 145.

Matt Parrino @MattParrino

Max Holloway is a serious problem for anybody at 145 pounds. The McGregor rematch is so so good! Max vs Frankie in NYC???

Chamatkar Sandhu @SandhuMMA

I'd give anything to watch Conor McGregor vs. Max Holloway 2. Since losing to McGregor, Holloway has been on a tear. Gone through everyone.

Jack Jorgensen @JackJorgensen14

The amount of people who actually think Conor McGregor gives a shit about fighting Holloway is startling. Not happening.

José Youngs @JoseYoungs

So McGregor has wins over Aldo and Holloway...if you actually thought he was ever dropping back to 145, put those thoughts to bed #UFC212

Regardless, Holloway has made his stance clear.

"Come try to take over my village; off with your head," he said, perhaps referencing McGregor's comments to Aldo in 2015. "... I got my throne. If you want it, come see me."

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