Will Conor McGregor return to the UFC if he fights Floyd Mayweather?

"I've said it since Conor fought him: apart from Conor, Max Holloway is the second-best guy at 145 [pounds]", Kavanagh told The42 ahead of Saturday night's fight.

Jose Aldo and Max Holloway will battle it out at UFC 212 this weekend for the featherweight world title. It will also end a saga that began with McGregor knocking out Aldo in just 13 seconds to claim the gold in December 2015.

However, a rematch with UFC lightweight champion is never far from his mind. "That's what I plan on doing"."If you want to be a king, you've got to do king's stuff". He doesn't want to have anything to do with me anymore and that's fine. "Now, he has to do it once again and flex his might against Holloway", the writer said. If you can get EVEN money or higher on her there it's a great bet.

"Holloway obviously is the taller and lankier among the two champions". After it became apparent that McGregor had no intentions to defend the featherweight title, he was stripped of the belt and Aldo was once again the title holder.

But the spirit of McGregor will still be felt on Saturday, at least that's what one might think, considering he was the last man to defeat both fighters in the main event.

As for Holloway, he looked focused and ready for the fight after accepting the matchup on Aldo's home soil in Brazil. McGregor's departure for the lightweight division (and superfights beyond) saw Aldo promoted from interim champion to undisputed title holder.

With precise striking capability and next-level footwork, Aldo won 18 consecutive fights, including nine successful UFC/WEC title defenses.

Holloway, though, just might be "The Next One" at 145 pounds.

Holloway says he respects Conor as a fighter - but sent a strong warning about getting in the ring with Floyd Mayweather. Since then, he's rattled off 10 consecutive victories, each more impressive than the last, using speed and a dynamic kickboxing style to mow through the opposition. "I lost that fight because of an accident".

Other fights in the main card are middleweight Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort (#11) against Nate "The Great" Marquardt, middleweight Paulo Borrachinha versus Oluwale "Holy War Angel" Bamgbose, and welterweight Erick Silva against Yancy Medeiros. He racked up wins against Holloway, Diego Brandao, Dustin Poirier and Dennis Siver as he blazed a fiery path through the division.

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  • Julie Sanders