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Max Holloway Talks Not Getting Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight

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UFC Featherweight GOAT and nicest man in the game Max Holloway recently appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience. One half of the first ever ABC main event Holloway discussed a number of topics during his time on the podcast, including how he laments a missed opportunity to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Max Holloway was previously on course to fight Khabib back in 2014. The fight was however called off in the eleventh hour by the New York State Athletic Commission.

‘[Nutritionist George] Lockhart took me on for the fight,’ Holloway recalled (via Bloody Elbow). ‘We called him, we had a talk, and then he did a freaking interview talking about ’˜this is the biggest cut we’re ever gonna do’¦’”

Max Holloway on Khabib

‘And then the first thing that happened when I land, a f’”king meeting with the f’”king’¦ not even with the UFC doctor, a doctor from the New York Commission?’ Holloway continued. ‘Then they tell me (that) every single f’”king day, they’re gonna check up on us. And I was like, ’˜Holy shit, what the hell?’ And I was fine. I was a little bit bigger than I usually was.”

‘The chance of fighting someone of [Nurmagomedov’s] stature? I pride myself for fighting anybody, anywhere, any time, any weight class,’ Holloway stated. ‘He was already considered the number one pound-for-pound guy in the world before he even had the belt. He was one of the scariest dudes, they said. I just wanted to fight him.’

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