The fight between Max Holloway and Khabib Nurmagomedov did not go through at UFC 223 due to the concerns of New York State Athletic Commission about Holloway’s weight cut for the fight.
The opportunity subsequently fell for Al Iaquinta who won hearts despite losing out to Khabib. Holloway, meanwhile, was booked for a fight with Brian Ortega at UFC 226 and his Featherweight championship will be on the line as well.
While Ortega is the next big concern for him, Holloway is still ready to fight Khabib after UFC 226.
“It is what it is, I’ve got Brian Ortega next, another undefeated guy. If we take care of business then, I keep hearing him talking about how the UFC is giving him the opportunity to fight Khabib if everything goes good so let’s run that one back. I’m going to take care of business July 7 and then Khabib time can meet ‘Blessed’ era for real this time since he was trying to make every excuse why I took the fight on six days notice.” Holloway told while appearing on UFC Tonight (Quotes via MMA Nytt)
Ready to step up to the Lightweight division
Holloway’s decision to move up a weight class and take up a short notice fight against Khabib had earned praise earlier. In his UFC Tonight appearance, he further added that he is open to testing himself in the Lightweight division.
“For sure. UFC, I’m just one call away. Six days, six months, whatever, I’ll be ready. I’m running out of cupcake flavors over here. Like I said, I like retrying them but I want to try new flavors and there’s a lot of new flavors up there so we’ll see what happens,” he added.
Holloway is currently 19-3 in his career and the 26-year-old is currently on a 12 fight winning streak. His last loss came against Conor McGregor back in 2013.