After a masterful performance in his title-defence fight against Brian Ortega, Max Holloway has solidified his status as one of the greatest, if not the greatest featherweight fighter of all-time.
Ahead of this showdown, fans were doubting the reigning champ if he can still bring out his A-game after a health scare that ruled him out of the UFC 226 against the same opponent last July. Then last Saturday, Holloway proved all his doubters wrong as he showed up his vintage form to dispatch Ortega with complete authority in the main event of UFC 231 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada.
It was the second successful title-defense for Holloway and his 13th straight win since losing to Conor McGregor in 2013, with two of those wins coming off a knockout of featherweight legend Jose Aldo. Many fans believed that Blessed’s dominant performance over Ortega has cemented his featherweight GOAT status but one familiar name has to disagree with this claim. ‘The Notorious,’ who formerly defeated Holloway and Aldo, just reminded everyone who the real featherweight GOAT is.
Max Holloway stops Brian Ortega to retain the men's featherweight title! pic.twitter.com/mC6SU6u5fB
— ESPN (@espn) December 9, 2018
Holloway Shoots Down GOAT Claim
According to the featherweight champ, the ‘Blessed Era’ is now in full effect after passing the biggest test of his career with flying colours. Holloway’s success does not only stop in his impressive title-defence but he also managed to break major feats in UFC history.
He now holds the distinction as the fighter with the most significant strikes landed in UFC history with 1627, surpassing Michael Bisping’s record of 1,567 and Frankie Edgar’s 1,463. He also delivered the most number of significant strikes in a single round last weekend at 134 in just the fourth round alone.
Holloway’s textbook striking was in full display and proved to be too much for his challenger, with the doctors deciding to call the fight off after the fourth round. While many fans and pundits hailed him as the featherweight GOAT, ‘Blessed’ believes that his Brazilian rival, who defended the strap nine times, is still the best in the 145-division ever.
“I still believe the greatest featherweight of all time is Jose Aldo. When I’m 30 or 31 or his age then you ask me if I’m the greatest featherweight of all-time if I’m still here. At the end of the day, I just want to be the pound-for-pound No. 1. I’m the champion, and I keep defending my belt, I’ll be No. 1. If it’s up a weight class, it’s up. If it’s defending my throne.”
RT if you wanna see McGregor Vs Holloway 2 pic.twitter.com/A0KWpuzd0c
— BoxingHypeStore.com (@BoxingHype) December 9, 2018
McGregor Has A Reminder For Everyone
While Holloway puts himself behind Aldo on the featherweight GOAT conversation, the former two-division champion, McGregor, just reminded everyone that his victories over both fighters make him the real greatest 145-fighter.
He took to Twitter on Sunday, implying that he is the greatest featherweight of all time after beating the two best fighters in the division in Aldo and Holloway.
What’s that make me? https://t.co/laJK3COquQ
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) December 9, 2018
The Irish star defeated Holloway five years ago when they clashed in a UFC Fight Night event in Boston. McGregor won via unanimous decision after judges scored 30-27, 30-27, 30-26 in favour of ‘The Notorious.’
McGregor’s teammate, Dillon Danis, supported his claim and stressed that the Irish star had beaten big names in the division.
they do Conor dirty by saying max is the best FW ever… Conor is, he beat porier, aldo, mendez AND max and more
— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) December 9, 2018
McGregor may have defeated both Aldo and Holloway but he did not defend the featherweight belt during his stay in the division. Also, Holloway is a completely different beast now compared to their first meeting five years ago. So there’s a lot for Conor to prove today before he can be considered as teh featherweight GOAT.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Max Holloway and Conor McGregor)