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Max Holloway is keen on a rematch with Conor McGregor but wants the best version of the Notorious fighter now that he's returning.
McGregor beat Holloway via unanimous decision back at Fight Night 26 in 2013 and went on to make UFC history in becoming the first fighter in the company's history to hold to hold two world titles simultaneously.
Holloway attempted to repeat the Irishman's feat in becoming a 'champ champ' when he captured the UFC featherweight title and fought Dustin Poirier for the interim-UFC lightweight title - only to lose his five-year, 13-fight winning streak in April this year.
He recovered well to defend his title against Frankie Edgar in July and now ahead of another defence against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 245 - he's admitted his interest in fighting 'Mystic Mac' now that he's back in the fold.
If Mystic Mac arrives and if he wants to be like what he was a couple of years ago when he was the greatest mixed martial artist in the world, and he wants to be great again, sure we're going to run in to each other," Holloway told MMA Junkie, as per South China Morning Post
"If his mind is right and he wants to be the best, I'm sure we'll run into each other."
Holloway and McGregor have taken shots at each other in the past, with the 28-year old even visiting Ireland and ripping into his 'Proper Twelve' whiskey.
But the Hawaiian fighter has great respect for him as a fighter and person - despite his fair share of shortcomings in recent times.
"I respect that man a lot, what he did for the sport, and even [as] a human being," Holloway added.
"He comes up short like anybody else. We're all humans and all make mistakes. Sometimes you just got to give a guy a chance.
"Me and him, I don't know what is it, but we just respect each other on that level. I'm excited that he's back in the sport and can't wait for him to do his thing in January."
He might be waiting a little longer for a second bout with McGregor, however, as it seems the Irishman's focus is on the welterweight division.
His long-awaited return fight is against Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 on January 18 in Las Vegas and he's also targeting a fight with 'BMF champion' Jorge Masvidal next year, as per UFC president Dana White.
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