UFC champion Max Holloway returns to Hawaii, responds to McGregor


Hear more from Holloway on Monday at 6 p.m. on KHON2 Sports with Sam Spangler.

The champ is home.

Following Saturday night’s UFC 218 third-round TKO victory over Jose Aldo, Waianae’s Max Holloway touched down on Oahu late Sunday night, less than an hour before his 26th birthday.

Holloway, who extended his winning streak to 12 matches, put together a legendary performance against the future Hall-of-Famer, improving to 19-3 in his career.Related Story: The ‘Blessed’ era continues; Holloway stops Aldo at UFC 218

Since the fight, many are asking the obvious question: “What’s next?” One speculation from hopeful fans is a rematch with the last man to defeat Holloway, current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.

The Irish superstar’s unanimous-decision victory came when Holloway was 20 years old. Holloway has gone 12-0 since that loss, including three straight victories over former UFC champions Aldo and Anthony Pettis.

On Sunday, McGregor took to social media in an attempt to poke fun at Holloway and the August 2013 decision loss that he suffered to the two-division UFC champion.

“I miss those sunglasses,” McGregor said in his tweet, which included a picture of a bruised Holloway alongside Maui’s Shane Victorino taken after the fight with McGregor visible in the background.

Upon arriving in Honolulu late Sunday night, Holloway told KHON2 sports director Rob DeMello that he was more interested in defending his title than pursuing “super-fights,” which would likely hold up the featherweight division.

“I’m on his mind. He’s not on mine,” Holloway said. “Like I said, medically when I can’t make the weight, I’ll start worrying about it. And all of these exhibition matches right now, I’m focusing on champ life. We’ve got contenders. We’ve got a bunch of guys. There’s a bunch of cupcake flavors I still didn’t taste yet, so I want to taste them all.”

A fight with McGregor seems very unlikely anytime soon following McGregor’s $100 million payday from his boxing loss to Floyd Mayweather.

However, with every Holloway victory, a super-fight down the road becomes more and more profitable for all parties involved.

Following UFC 218, UFC president Dana White acknowledged the possibility of a McGregor/Holloway 2, but was pretty clear that he wouldn’t expect it to be anytime soon.

“Again, like I said last week to everybody who was in my office, who knows if Conor’s even going to fight again,” White said. “I’m rolling like he’s not. But yeah, if Conor comes back and defends his title, anything is possible.”

Holloway says he will enjoy the holidays with his family and start talking a second title defense in the new year.

Frankie Edgar, who was his original opponent for UFC 218 prior to a training injury which forced the former lightweight champion to withdraw, is the most logical next opponent for Holloway.

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