Max Holloway could be in line for a money-spinning rematch against Conor McGregor after his impressive win over Jose Aldo at UFC 218.
Holloway extended his winning streak to 12 with a third round stoppage over Aldo, to retain his UFC featherweight championship.
Almost immediately, the 25-year-old became involved in a social media spat with lightweight champion McGregor – to fuel speculation that the pair could reprise their rivalry from 2013.
Miss the sunglasses? I bet you also miss 2015 brother. Retired fighters love the past. pic.twitter.com/UWGnJG2KEe
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) December 3, 2017
There would be some major hurdles to overcome if they were to lock horns again.
McGregor would need to drop back down to featherweight for the first time in two years, while UFC president Dana White raised doubts last week over whether the Irishman would ever compete again.
But Holloway admits he is open to taking on McGregor after losing their first meeting by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 26.
“I’m a champion in my division, and I’ve got to keep it everything rolling,” said Holloway.
I miss those sunglasses. pic.twitter.com/0fa7U9dM4Y
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) December 3, 2017
“I’ve got a throne to defend, and I’m not going on a hiatus. As long as I get contenders, I’m going to fight, but if UFC called me for that, I’ll gladly fight him.
“Right now, I’m focused on champ life. I want to be a long reigning featherweight champion. I want to be known in the history books – my name everywhere – as a champion.”