Last week in an amazing five rounds of war, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway moved up in weight class to face top lightweight contender Dustin Poirier at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The fight was the main event at UFC 236.
Dustin Poirier beat Holloway via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) to capture the interim lightweight title. After beating Holloway, the new interim champion made it clear that he wants Khabib Nurmagomedov next.
Although, Khabib Nurmagomedov is currently serving a nine-month suspension for starting a post-fight brawl with McGregor’s teammates at UFC 229 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Now the Lightweight champion of the world has responded and doubled down on the interim champion.
“I think it was very good performance from Dustin Poirier,” Nurmagomedov said on the UFC on ESPN+ 7 post-fight show on Saturday. “Honestly, before fight I think Holloway going to beat him. This is my prediction when you talk with friends, with father, with team, but he impressed me. Dustin has impressed me. I think he has very good boxing, much better than before. Every fight he becomes stronger, better in boxing on his feet. I think he deserve title shot. He already interim UFC lightweight champion, I am real lightweight champion. We have to fight. Now we’re working on this.”
“He have very good background, he have good ground game – not bad – he have good striking game,” Nurmagomedov said. “I follow him long time and versus me – I think I have to maul him like I do with everybody. This is what I have to do. I respect him like fighter, like human, but when we go to the cage, I have to maul this guy. This is what I want, and right now I am focused on September. Five months before fight, and I think it’s going to be really good fight with him.” Khabib concluded.