Is Max Holloway really the king of the Featherweight division?

The featherweight division is truly “blessed”. At UFC 212 Max Holloway defeated the legend that is Jose Aldo via third round knockout. Holloway became the undisputed UFC featherweight champion in what is undeniably the biggest win of his career but there is one fighter who still casts a shadow over him. His name is Conor “Notorious” McGregor. McGregor has bigger fish to fry at the moment with his focus set on a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather and not to mention being the current UFC Lightweight champion.

McGregor became the first fighter to hold two UFC titles at the same time (Featherweight and Lightweight) when he defeated Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight title at UFC 205. Conor then “relinquished” the featherweight title which led Jose Aldo to regain the belt and eventually Holloway to overtake him. Holloway may be the current champion and a great fighter but he is yet to surpass McGregor’s status in the featherweight division. UFC announcer Joe Rogan agrees with this statement based of the fact that he recently stated that McGregor is the best Featherweight of all-time. As entertaining as a Holloway versus McGregor bout would be, it looks like there is a slim chance of that happening.

As mentioned previously, the Notorious one has a lot on his plate right now and currently isn’t a member of the featherweight division. McGregor could easily make the transition back down to the featherweight division but there is no point for him to do so as long as he remains the UFC Lightweight champion. This means that Holloway may not get to further prove himself by challenging McGregor. The two strikers fought nearly 4 years ago with McGregor winning by unanimous decision and a rematch would almost certainly be an electric fight but we may not get to witness it. At this point it is hard to refute that McGregor still has an edge on Holloway and it most likely will stay that way unless McGregor returns to the division that he was once dominated. 

By Nick Kallas