QQ: Holloway's coach says bout with Khabib not for undisputed title

Apr 16 2016 Tampa FL USA Khabib Nurmagomedov reacts after defeating Darrell Horcher in the catchweight bout during UFC Fight Night at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

After being told the UFC was searching for a new opponent, Nurmagomedov quickly realized this was no joke.

The fight will be for Conor McGregor's lightweight belt with the Irishman being stripped of his title as soon as the fight starts. However, unlike McGregor, Holloway will have to pull off the feat on six days notice against the unbeaten Nurmagomedov after stepping up for interim champion Tony Ferguson.

That's for UFC president Dana White to sort out but, either way, Holloway winning would make him the undisputed featherweight and lightweight champion. "One of the greatest who ever compete in UFC".

"I'm here to fight".

"I don't think Conor McGregor could make the weight on six days' notice". "This fight is for the title".

"I told first, "Hey". Take this Burger King here. Because one month ago, this guy pull out because he injure something.

"Now, where is this guy?" Not because he fears not making weight, but because it doesn't make sense to do something that outlandish. It's not two or three. "Bring this guy. But Dana said he has to look nice - like face, everything - because now he has good sponsorships".

MMA Oddsbreaker now has Holloway as the +365 underdog with Nurmagomedov coming in as a -505 favourite.

Ortega, of course, has already shown us that he's not afraid to take short-notice fights.

Asked whether he thinks he will one day fight McGregor, Nurmagomedov said he's a believer.

"Words can't explain how hurt, frustrated, angry and in disbelief I an right now", Ferguson said. Because I care about my legacy.

Nurmagomedov believes a potentially big payday served as motivation for Holloway to put himself at risk.

"... I was like, how do you turn down an opportunity like this?"

"He wants to fight for the money". "I respect him - aloha Max! He champion for a reason in 145". Then, Nurmagomedov's botched weight cut forced him out of UFC 209's co-main for the interim strap.

Max Holloway will attempt to become a two-division UFC champion when he steps in for injured Tony Ferguson at UFC 223 in Brooklyn on Saturday. But he has a different name in mind for whom he hopes to face should he defeat Holloway.

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