UFC featherweight kingpin Max Holloway will step up on week notice to challenge unbeaten Dagestani Khabib Nurmagomedov and has an opportunity to become a two-division champion something only “Notorious” nemesis Conor McGregor has done if ‘Blessed’ manages to beat ‘The Eagle.’ at UFC 223.
Conor McGregor to be stripped of his lightweight title at UFC 223 as soon as Holloway and Nurmagomedov face off with one another. Holloway hopes to pick a win over Khabib Nurmagomedov and lure Notorious back for a rematch.
Manager Butler-Au discussed the idea during the recent edition of The MMA Hour, that we are optimistic about a rematch if Holloway gets past Khabib:
“It’s been a funny situation with Max. He’s not somebody that has ever — he’s never gone after Conor like everybody else. He’s always been very aware of the fact that he’s not going to give that to Conor. He’s going to earn his way and he’s going to make Conor come to him, and that’s the way he’s been playing. That’s why you’ve never seen Max go out there and just blatantly call out Conor.”
“Conor will throw out a jab at him and Max will come back with a one-two on social media, and in my opinion, just decimate any verbal sparring that they’ve done, but that’s about the most of it for Max. From there, he’s earning his position, just like he did when he earned the titles. He didn’t leapfrog over anybody to earn the title. He legitimately cleaned out the division. There’s really nobody left for him to fight now, except for Brian Ortega. Even that fight, had Brian not pulled out that amazing win over Frankie, a lot of people would’ve said that he wasn’t ready yet. So, I mean, Max, like I said, he’s done it the methodical way.”
Holloway enters this contest riding a 12-fight win streak over the excellent competition, with many see him as a major underdog.
To remind you, Holloway lost to Conor Mcgregor via unanimous decision back in 2013.
Manager Butler-Au said, Holloway wants to do something which Mcgregor haven’t done, to defend titles in lightweight and featherweight if he scores a win over Khabib.
Do you think Holloway will win a Mcgregor’s lightweight title? Does that lure Notorious to come for a rematch?