EXCLUSIVE: Mark Hominick Says Conor McGregor is Holding Belts Ransom


Mark Hominick says Conor McGregor still has an effect on the Featherweight division. 

After Conor McGregor vacated his UFC Featherweight Championship, Jose Aldo was promoted from interim champion to undisputed champion. Later, another interim championship was created and won by Max Holloway. At UFC 212, Aldo and Holloway faced off to unify their titles and Holloway won. On Fightful MMA's podcast Holy Smokes, Mark Hominick spoke about the changes to the Featherweight division and how Holloway's championship reign could be viewed. 

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"The landscape has completely changed in all aspects of it, with Conor holding two belts ransom. The title in most divisions don't seem as important. The landscape now is all those super fights and building a big super fight and not a title fight. The championship doesn't mean as much as it once did.  I don't like it when they do the interim title because it doesn't give verification that you're the champ. There's always an asterisk beside it. I feel bad for Max (Holloway) because he has that beside his name as well," said Hominick.

Podcast host "Showdown Joe" Ferraro asked Hominick to clarify if Holloway's championship still has an asterisk. 

" It is a little bit watered down. There's going to be Conor's fans chirping 'you didn't beat the champ.' In my mind, for sure Max is the champ, Conor's moved on to bigger and brighter things. But, I think there's a little bit of an asterisk because he didn't beat the guy who beat the champ," said Hominick. 

Hominick has been retired since 2012 after a four-fight losing streak. Hominick also gave his opinion on the Aldo/Holloway fight, Holloway's future as champion, and McGregor's boxing match against Floyd Mayweather. 

Holy Smokes airs weekly on Tuesdays at FighfulPods.com

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