In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, McGregor was in attendance at Boston’s TD Garden to provide a pre-game pep talk in the Boston Bruins’ locker room prior to their game and perform the ceremonial puck drop. Back in August 2013, McGregor, in only his second UFC fight, defeated current UFC featherweight Champion Max Holloway in the same building by unanimous decision. McGregor ended up tearing his ACL in the win over the Hawaiian.
McGregor’s Garden!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 17, 2019
Now where the fuck are them sunglasses? pic.twitter.com/HxWceONYhv
“Blessed,” who has amassed an incredible 13 straight wins inside the Octagon since that night, pointed out to McGregor that he fought a 21-year-old that was relatively new to the sport on that night.
lol there you are my bratha. glad you got to relive your best years today in Boston— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) March 17, 2019
but if we talking about the past remember this. I was 21. You were 25.— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) March 17, 2019
This is me at 25 pic.twitter.com/FYjF5DoSXA— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) March 17, 2019
This is you at 21 https://t.co/Z4RSvIHHWc— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) March 17, 2019
McGregor couldn’t help but continue the sparring, pointing out that he had beaten Holloway after injuring himself. Holloway replied with an apparent allusion to a rematch after both men complete their next fights this summer.
There you go that's the OG champ champ the world wants. I do have it. White belt bum 21 year old Max gave it to me to return to you in Dublin. Glad you found your confidence again in Boston. You can find your ACL again in Vegas in July— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) March 17, 2019
Holloway is scheduled to move up a weight class to fight Dustin Poirier at lightweight for the interim 155-pound belt at UFC 236 in April. The belts will be unified at the end of the year with the winner to face currently suspended champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor has only fought once inside the Octagon since he captured the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez in July 2016. McGregor’s last outing was against Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October 2018, where he was largely dominated for four rounds before tapping to a neck crank.