UFC Featherweight champion of the world Max Holloway previously expressed interest in a future showdown with undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov to cement his UFC legacy.
Max is coming off back-to-back knockout victories over the once-dominate 145-pound king, Jose Aldo, most recently taking him out at UFC 218.
His recent injury prevents him from defending his title against former 155-pound champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 222. Now he is close to defending his title opposite rising contender Brian Ortega later this year.
Holloway looking past Ortega, there have been fighting fans that want to see Holloway showdown with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor for a second time, but instead, Holloway wants to test his skills against undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov:(Quotes via MMAMania)
“You know, everybody keep talking about me and a guy too. That Irish man [Conor McGregor],” Holloway said in a recenter interview with Mike Finch of Cage Fanatic. “Everybody want to see us run that back, everybody seems to not be talking about Khabib [Nurmagomedov]. I want Khabib. You know, to be the best you got to beat the best and one of those guys is Khabib. A lot of guys draw Tony [Ferguson]’s name. I remember Tony saying that he wanted to come down to 145-pounds, but they all can stay up there. Stay at 155-pounds, no excuses, let me come up and let me fight. I’m a big boy and we can go up. And 170-pounds ain’t so far after that.”
“I’m a Samoan, I’m Hawaiian, I’m Polynesian. I love eating food,” said Holloway. “You guys know I love cupcakes. I’m going to put my weight on and we’ll see what happens. No one’s safe. No one’s safe. I’m willing. I’m ready to go. After this injury we’ll get back to it at 145-pounds and we’ll go from there. That’s the beauty [of how I’d stop the pressure and takedowns of Nurmagomedov], we don’t know until we get in there. I have an idea. We all can have an idea. Everybody can say this, and this, and that, but once you get locked into those cages, it’s a different feeling. So, you guy’s gotta wait and see. Just like anything else, you guy’s gotta wait and see.”
To challenge Khabib who will squares off against Tony Ferguson at UFC 223 on April 7, Max Holloway has to get past his next challenge.
Khabib Nurmagomedov who is coming of a fantastic win against Edson Barboza at UFC 219 last December and is riding a 25-fight win streak, as he has yet to taste defeat in his MMA career.
How many of you want to see a future showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway?