Shockingly that’s the fourth time Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov fall through, as Ferguson Injured his knee and can’t compete in the main event of UFC 223.
On Sunday night, UFC president Dana White announces featherweight champion Max Holloway stepped in on just six days notice, to fight Khabib for the undisputed lightweight title.
“I still want this fight, even they change my opponent, I still want this fight. He has a 10-fight win streak. We have big history, maybe not perfect history, but big history. People still want this fight, Now, I have to focus on Max Holloway.”
“I told first, ‘Hey, where is this Burger King? Take the Burger King here. I need this guy becasue he put a tweet a couple of weeks ago that he stay ready. So where is this guy? Six days is good to make weight. He can make weight. But, Dana told that he has to look nice, because he has good sponsorship’s and we cannot change his face. I say I need to fight for title and I don’t care who … bring anybody. Please stop giving me regular fight because I deserve to fight for title. I have best win streak in UFC. I’m 29 years old, young hungry my time is coming. I need to fight for title.
“I never think Max Holloway. I think Poirier, Alvarez … maybe Chiesa, Pettis because these guys fight same night.”
Khabib gives props to Holloway for taking a short-notice fight.
“Every person is different. I heard his interview where he say I don’t care about belt, I care about check. I think UFC tell him they give him good money, you have to come here, and he said of course. This is very big show and he is part of pay per view, and of course he will take this fight, because you want to fight for money. I respect him, Aloha, Max. He is champion for a reason at 145.”
Khabib sends a warning to Holloway that he is not like his past opponents, whom he flatten and now riding a 12 winning streak. ‘The Eagle’ said Holloway will face tougher and hungrier opponent.
“He fought Aldo twice, Pettis, Lamas, Jeremy Stephens. All these guys, no one wrestling him. I watch his 12-fight win streak, no one wrestle him like me. Now, he is in a different territory, different weight classes, different animals, everything is different. He has an opponent who is young like him. He fought before Pettis, Aldo, these guys are already finished. Now he has a young, hungry opponent bigger than him. More strong than him, have more good wrestling pressure, undefeated, I think it’s going to be a long night for him.”
Dagstani who is coming off a victory over Edson Barboza this past year, said, he is not underestimating his opponent, as he is no easy task too.
“I don’t want to underestimate this guy because this guy has 12-fight win streak in UFC, one of the greatest to ever compete in UFC. More than him win streak, Georges St-Pierre and maybe Anderson Silva. He’s tough, not a small guy. I don’t want to think it’s a much easier fight than Tony Ferguson. I think if they fought, in a stand up fight, Max Holloway can beat him (Ferguson).”
Who do you think will come out victor between Holloway and Nurmagomedov?