The top of the featherweight division is a shark tank and Max Holloway is ready to dive right in.
Appearing on Submission Radio, Holloway was asked about who he would like to face after his win over Jeremy Stephens at UFC on FOX 17. He made an argument to face the top three in the rankings, including the man of the hour, Conor McGregor.
Holloway previously lost a three-round decision to McGregor in Aug. 2013, the only time the Irishman has failed to finish his opponent. McGregor reportedly battled through a serious injury that match, a claim that has Holloway hungry to get back into the cage with him.
"His camp and him and his fans think that his whole ACL was blown out when he fought me, which just blew my mind because you see these humongous athletes, NFL players, blow their ACL and they're crying like little kids, and they can't even step on it," Holloway said, according to Jesse Holland of MMAmania.com. "And this guy is fighting on it for five minutes? It was ridiculous."
Holloway is also unafraid to fight at Croke Park, which just happens to be in McGregor's hometown of Dublin.
"The Irish are super nice to me," Holloway said.
A number of other possibilities await McGregor, but Holloway isn't without options himself. He welcomed a fight with ex-champ Jose Aldo, predicting it would be "one for the ages" and also looked forward to a potential meeting with Frankie Edgar.
"Frankie Edgar is another big name, and I think if I can get that win, it definitely helps my title shot stuff." Holloway said. "Me and him are like the contenders right now inside the 145 division, it's up in the air who gets the next title shot. So I'd love to fight him, earn my way."
Whether it's in Las Vegas, Ireland, or Hawaii, Holloway is certain that one of those fights is destined to happen.
"They want a big fight inside of UFC Hawaii, there's only two or three fights," Holloway said. "It's going to be Conor versus Holloway, Edgar versus Holloway, or Aldo versus Holloway. That's the only three fights that are big enough that we can bring down to Hawaii and do it."