Max Holloway Couldn’t Turn Down The Opportunity To Fight ‘Animal’ Khabib

Ok enough its no Arip fool joke, Tony Ferguson seriously injured his knee and out of his highly anticipated title bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway didn’t hesitate to accept the offer on short-notice, who is unbeaten since he dropped a decision to Conor McGregor back in August 2013, will move up to lightweight to fight undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov 25-0 for the lightweight title on April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Holloway at Honolulu International Airport recently spoke with KHON2 and says the opportunity to face Nurmagomedov was too good to turn down:

“April Fools! Nah, I’m just joking,” Holloway said, per MMA Fighting’s Peter Carroll. “My manager called me. He said, ‘Tony’s hurt’ and ‘they want you and Khabib’. I was like…how do you turn down an opportunity like this? Opportunities like this come once in a lifetime and there was really only one guy was able to do it. I’m glad to be the second guy and I’m going to go out there and make history.”

Holloway referred ‘Animal’ to Khabib Nurmagomedov and said he is looking forward to locking horns on April 7 in Brooklyn.

“I’m here to fight man. I’m not a matchmaker. I’ve got business to handle at 145,” he said. “But I said, when the UFC call, I’m only one call away. They called the right guy. I’m here, six days’ notice — April 7 is going to be a great night.

“You know what they say, ‘to beat the best you’ve got to be the best’, and the best is Blessed, baby. I can’t wait. This guy’s one of the most feared guys, I don’t know why. We’re all fighters, we all train. He’s human, I’m human and we get to go out there and see who is better.”

UFC 223 will feature Max Hollway vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main headliner, is set to take place on April 7, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Published on April 2, 2018 at 12:00 am
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