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Max Holloway: Conor McGregor isn’t about that champ life, prefers exhibition matches - ‘He should call out CM Punk’

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Conor McGregor recently “praised” Max Holloway for what he’s done since losing to him way back in 2013 — reeling off 11 straight wins and claiming the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight title (which once belonged to “Notorious”) in the process. But, at the end of the day, the mouthy Irishman did reminded everyone that he “sonned” Max in their bout.

So how did “Blessed” respond to Conor’s comments? He took them more as a back-handed compliment.

“The props, he kind of like ... you know when you tell someone ‘good job’ then at the end of the whole conversation he ended up saying, ‘I still beat the kid.’ If you are going to give someone props, give them props,” declared “Blessed” during a recent appearance on “The MMA Hour.” “He made it look like, ‘He complimented you, Max, why are you saying stuff about him?’ No he didn’t. He said the facts, after we fought I’m on this win streak, facts. Then at the end he says he won.”

While McGregor did say a rematch with Holloway is always an option, he didn’t put it too far up on his priority list. And for Holloway that’s alright because he says it seems McGregor is more interested in taking part in exhibition matches as evidenced by his boxing match against Floyd Mayweather and call out of Paulie Malignaggi for a mixed martial arts (MMA) bout.

Plus, McGregor still hasn’t shown anything to prove he’s about “the champ life.”

“It is what it is. He says our fight between me and him is there, but it’s low on the totem pole,” Holloway said. “Then he is over here talking about fighting Paulie in MMA. It’s like, the guy should call out C.M. Punk, at least CM Punk got some time in UFC. I don’t know, it makes no sense to me. This guy is over here fighting exhibition matches. If that’s what you want to do, and he don’t want to be about that champ life, so be it.”

Still, Holloway did give props to McGregor for figuring out how to get paid handsomely for taking part in said exhibition matches. Like it or not, McGregor will have to prove he is about that champ life soon, as UFC president Dana White recently revealed that a title unification fight between he and newly-crowned interim Lightweight champion Tony Ferguson “needs to happen” next.

As for Holloway, he will look to earn his first-ever title defense when he faces Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC 218 in Detroit, Mich., on Dec. 2, 2017.