SUNDAY NEWS DIGEST 3/17: Max Holloway and Conor McGregor have Twitter back and forth, Masvidal elaborates on backstage fight, Edwards responds

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor


Conor McGregor defeated Max Holloway early in both fighters’ UFC careers. Both men have gone on to accomplish big things inside and outside of the cage but there still seems to be some resentment brewing between the two.

McGregor spent his Saturday night at the Boston Bruins NHL game where he gave the team a pep talk in the locker room and came out to drop the puck for a ceremonial face-off.

He then put out a tweet with pictures from during and after their fight that took place at Boston’s TD Garden with the caption, “McGregor’s Garden! Now where the f— are them sunglasses?”

This prompted Holloway to respond with a series of tweets that included, “lol there you are my bratha. glad you got to relive your best years today in Boston,” followed by “but if we talking about the past remember this. I was 21. You were 25.” Holloway then followed up with a picture of himself with the UFC title around his waist with the caption, “This is me at 25.”

A rematch between McGregor and Holloway seemed unlikely after McGregor left featherweight behind, but now that Holloway is challenging for the interim lightweight title next month at UFC 236, the path to another McGregor-Holloway fight is starting to appear.

Holloway, of course, will have to get through Dustin Poirier on April 13. As for what’s next for McGregor, that’s anyone’s guess. He could rematch Khabib Nurmagomedov, fight Donald Cerrone, or take on Nate Diaz at 185. One thing that’s for sure is that he has options and Holloway might be one of them.

Sunday Notebook

-Jorge Masvidal elaborated on his backstage fight with Leon Edwards on Saturday. During an interview with ESPN, Masvidal said “So I tell him, ‘Just say it to my face like a man.’ You’re saying it walking away. We’re both men, you know. And as I’m walking up to him, I’ve got my hands behind my back to signal I’m not coming here for problems. But he put his hands up like this – it’s on video – and walks towards me. Well, where I’m from, if you do that, you’re going to punch me in the face, and that’s not going to happen. You’re a (expletive) dork; you’re JV, beta. You are what you are. You’re just a loser in life. You’re not going to get a hit off me. So I gave him the three-piece with a soda, and then just glide out of there.” (transcribed by MMAJunkie)

-Leon Edwards left a message for Jorge Masvidal on his Instagram with a post that read “Very happy with my performance last night against a very high caliber opponent in Gunnar Nelson. Much respect to you Gunnar that was a great fight and look forward to seeing you bounce back. Thanks to my team, friends, family and the fans for everything. Birmingham stand up! As I said – that’s 7 in a row in the hardest division in the sport and I’m coming for everyone. World champ 2019 mark my words. If you’re not with me now, you will be. And Jorge, fair play sneaking your shots in when you could, But now you’re f*****. If security wasn’t there you wouldn’t have made it back to the US, I’ll see you soon.”

-Tony Ferguson released an Instagram post thanking UFC for helping him during the recent family troubles that saw his wife file a restraining order against him. “Thank you all for the great support! I’m in a great spirits, UFC & Management are helping me find the help we need. I’m getting all of your messages, keep em’ coming!!!”

-Alan Jouban vs. Dwight Grant and Jalin Turner vs. Matt Frevola were announced for UFC 236 on April 13 from Atlanta.

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