VIDEO | Max Holloway Willing to Fight Khabib Nurmagomedov For His Legacy

Max Holloway

No doubt Max Holloway is game for anything. When Frankie Edgar was forced to pull out of their fight at UFC 218, he was willing to step up to lightweight to stay on the card to fight Tony Ferguson or anyone else who was up for a scrap. If there was still some question about Holloway’s warrior mentality, he just came out and said he’d be willing to fight the scariest man in the next division up. If the chance ever comes, regardless of the weight class, Holloway would love to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“Oh yeah, for sure [I could see a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov down the road]. I think Khabib is a beast and that’s the kind of guys you want to fight to cement your legacy. He’s over here making all the greats, all the top guys look average and I want to fight him. People keep telling me, ‘he’s gonna smash you and this and that,’ I’ve heard this before. I have nothing but respect for the guy but at the end of the day if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.”

Max Holloway

“He’s considered one of the best so if we get matched up, we get matched up. 144 pounds, 155 pounds, it doesn’t matter to me, I’m a fighter. I’ll fight you, you know? Him saying he’ll fight [Conor McGregor] for free and stuff. cool for him, but I’m over here trying to make a living. I got a son, college is expensive here in the States and I gotta make sure he’s okay. If my son becomes a fighter, then that’s cool, but I want him to be a doctor. He’s got to take care of my ass after all these wars I go through.” — Max Holloway speaking to TMZ Sports.

While Max Holloway has never shied away from saying he’d step up in weight eventually, Khabib Nurmagomedov himself — to the shock of everyone — even has said that he would move down to featherweight. If Conor McGregor doesn’t ever get to fight the Russian smasher, maybe the UFC featherweight champion will give us a superfight. Of course, Holloway has to get past Frankie Edgar’s pressuring wrestling at UFC 222 first for The Blessed Era to keep going.

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/13/2018.