Only two fighters in MMA history have taken a fight with Conor McGregor to a decision finish. Those two fighters are Nate Diaz and Max Holloway. The first time McGregor faced Holloway back in August 2013, they went the full three rounds and it was Notorious who walked out the Octagon with the unanimous decision win.
Since then, both fighters have elevated their UFC careers. While McGregor has gone on to become the biggest name in the promotion, Holloway has also been making strides in his young career, as Blessed is the current UFC Featherweight Champion and he hasn't lost a fight since their encounter.
Besides another fight with Diaz, one rematch which many UFC fans have talked about recently is between McGregor and Holloway, as both fighters have made leaps and bounds since their first collision. Many have speculated how the fight would play out if the Irishman dropped back down to featherweight.
Speaking recently on Submission Radio via MMA Fighting, Owen Roddy, McGregor's coach, predicted that Notorious would do even better against Blessed a second time around should they ever face each other again, as he believes McGregor would be able to put the Featherweight Champion away.
Roddy said: “I think Conor would probably put Max away. I think Max would probably be way more confident in his ability, and if you go in there a little bit overconfident with Conor you’re gonna go to sleep. Whereas, he was a little bit more… he stood back in the first fight — and obviously Conor injured himself, he couldn’t put him away — but yeah, I think it would be a great fight.
“Max has done, he’s done so well since the Conor fight. He’s been on a tear, and even John Kavanagh said it back in the day, he called that Max would have been the next champion after that fight with Conor. You could see it in Max, and I think everyone sees it. He’s a great fighter, but I think Conor’s on another level compared to him as well.”
As for how McGregor would fare against Holloway's next challenger for the Featherweight title in Brian Ortega, Roddy believes Notorious would send T-City to sleep as well.
“He has a lot of tells about him, a lot of good skills,” Roddy said of Ortega. “But him and Conor, I always say the same, no matter who Conor fights, he’s just gotta touch you on the chin and you all go to sleep.”
Holloway is expected to defend the Featherweight title against Ortega later this year, while McGregor is expected to face the winner of the UFC 223 clash for the Lightweight title between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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