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Max Holloway isn't interested in a rematch with Conor McGregor if the Irish star lacks focus, and he would only be prepared to fight him if he's motivated.
McGregor name dropped Holloway as a potential opponent in a revealing interview with Ariel Helwani after punching an old man in an Irish bar.
But the current UFC featherweight king is in no hurry to run it back with the former UFC double champion.
When asked about a potential rematch against McGregor, Holloway brushed it away - claiming he wants to fight the version who held two UFC titles simultaneously.
"When Conor beat Aldo in December 2015 and when he beat Eddie in November 2016, for those 12 months, he ruled the world," the Hawaiian said on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show.
Max Holloway responds to Conor McGregor: "I don't see that same focus. ... He doesn't seem healthy. It didn't sound right." pic.twitter.com/st7Ax9NMzC
- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 8, 2019
"The world. Not just the UFC, the world. And the one thing I can remember and take away from that time was his focus. He was so focused. He decided what he wanted, and he said stuff, he pointed at this guy, he reached for the stars, he reached for the moon, and he made it happen. Magical.
"Listening to him now, I don't see that same focus. If you're going after everything, you're not focused on anything. He called out like 20 guys in that interview.
"I'm not interested in competing with him if he's not at his best. And he doesn't seem healthy, and he doesn't sound right. If he comes back and he says, 'Hey, I beat Max when he was a kid, but I want to beat him in his prime to prove that I'm the best ever,' then yeah I want the champ. I want that champ. I want that 2015-2016 champ. That mentality and that focus, and right now it's just not interesting to me.
"I want to fight the best Conor McGregor. So, he can go figure things out, and he can let us know."
Holloway attempted to follow in McGregor's footsteps by becoming a double UFC champion, though he came up short against Dustin Poirier in their interim-UFC lightweight title bout.
Though he bounced back from that defeat by defending his 145lbs crown against Frankie Edgar.
He's successfully retained his featherweight belt three times and he'll look to maintain his defence streak when he takes on Australian challenger Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 245.
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