Max Holloway eyes 2016 rematch with Conor McGregor “inside that little soccer field that he wants to fight in”

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Max Holloway has seven wins in the UFC’s featherweight division since a decision loss to Conor McGregor in August of 2013, and as he prepares for a December showdown with Jeremy Stephens, he’s still keeping his eye on a rematch with the Irishman.

In an interview with, the 23-year-old said he would be more than willing to fight McGregor in a soccer stadium in McGregor’s home country of Ireland, something the UFC has said they’ll make happen if he captures the UFC Featherweight Title outright from Jose Aldo at UFC 194.

“If Conor gets through Aldo and I beat Stephens, I’ll come back to Ireland and we can fight inside that little soccer field that he wants to fight in,” Holloway said.

Both fighters suffered injuries in their fight with one another in Boston over two years ago, and both believe their best wasn’t shown that night. While Holloway would like the fight to happen for the UFC Featherweight Title, he also made it clear he may eventually follow McGregor to lightweight if McGregor eventually makes his way up in weight as well.

“I’m only 23, I turn 24 at the end of the year,” Holloway said. “I’m probably going to go up in weight and me and Conor’s probably going to fight a bunch of times and all you guys are going to be loving it.”

Penick’s Analysis: A rematch between Holloway and McGregor would be a very different fight two and a half to three years later, and that’s even more the case if the fight happens further down the line. Holloway’s gotten very, very good in this division, and he continues to improve. He’s going to be a legitimate title challenger in 2016 if he beats Stephens as well, so I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this fight happens should McGregor beat Aldo. Frankie Edgar’s going to have something to say about that, of course, but he’s got a tougher opponent to get past than does Holloway.

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