"To be honest, I think about now I'm going to fight with Tony, after fight maybe with Georges St-Pierre, maybe with Conor McGregor", Nurmagomedov said Monday.
Holloway will take on Khabib Nurmagomedov on six days' notice as the headline event for the April 7 pay-per-view.
"Hell no!" Dana said to ESPN. "I even talked about it happening but when it got like three to four weeks out, I just said 'F**k it, these guys are gonna fight".
"He's a guy I want to make a fight with, have the right amount of time to promote the fight, have the fight in the right place". They were supposed to fight for the lightweight title at the upcoming UFC 223 pay-per-view event.
UFC star Max Holloway is stepping in to fight arguably the scariest dude on planet, Khabib Nurmagomedov, on 6 DAYS NOTICE. and he's somehow super chill about it!
"He's the type of guy that steps up for opportunities like this".
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"Me and my wife were getting ready for Easter and I got a call from Lloyd, my manager", explained Alvarez (transcript courtesy of MMA Fighting).
Only McGregor has held multiple title belts simutaneously. So when Ferguson, who has since been stripped of his interim title, pulled out due to injury, Holloway wanted to make up for his wrong by saving the card.
McGregor at one point was the UFC featherweight and lightweight titleholder. The UFC's featherweight king was scheduled to defend his title against Frankie Edgar last month, but withdrew from the bout after a leg injury. But, the problem is that the UFC wants McGregor to challenge for the belt next.
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The 26-year-old can also become the youngest fighter in history to earn titles in multiple divisions.
The Hawaiian has was beaten by The Notorious by unanimous decision in Boston in 2013 - but since then he has gone on a 12-fight unbeaten run and been crowned the 145lbs champion.
White told ESPN that Ferguson will now lose his interim championship title, and the victor of the Nurmagomedov-Holloway fight will become the organization's lightweight champion.
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