Khabib Nurmagomedov admits Max Holloway could well become the ‘best fighter of all time’ after his record-breaking performance against Calvin Kattar.
‘Blessed’ made sure his debut on American network ABC was a memorable one as he landed 445 significant strikes en route to a unanimous victory.
Max Holloway looked better than ever before against Calvin KattarGetty Images – Getty
The Hawaii-native even managed to shout at the commentary booth and declare himself the best boxer in the UFC, while dodging a five-punch combination from a bloodied and bruised Kattar.
Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib is currently on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi after meeting with Dana White about his future and admitted his legacy was under threat from Holloway.
“I think about Max, he is already one of the best who has competed in MMA,” said Khabib in an interview with Full Reptile.
“He is one of the best and is probably the best Featherweight of all time. I think it was his best performance.
“When we look at Max, he is not old but he has a lot of fights in UFC. I think his prime time is coming, it’s not come yet.
Khabib and Holloway were set to meet at UFC 223 but the latter was deemed medically unfit and he was removed from the eventGetty Images – Getty
“Maybe this year or maybe next year is going to be his prime time. It was not when he was champion; his time is going to come if he keeps focused doing everything he has to do.”
Holloway, who was competing in his first non-title fight since 2016, reigned supreme over the 145lbs division until he was usurped by Alexander Volkanovski in 2019.
However, he tried to fight at lightweight in April of that year against Dustin Poirier and even attempted to fill in as a late replacement for Tony Ferguson against Khabib at UFC 223.
But the weight cut caused health issues and so it was Al Iaquinta who had the unenviable task of trying to win the vacant title against ‘The Eagle’ in Brooklyn.
‘Ragin’ Al was unable to halt the undefeated Russian, but fans were always left salivating at the prospect of seeing the best featherweight of all time face the best lightweight.
Blessed continues to impress as he matures into a world- class fighterGetty Images – Getty
And Khabib, who would proceed to submit Conor McGregor, Poirier and Justin Gaethje as champion, believes the best is yet to come for ‘Blessed’.
“I really like Max, we were supposed to fight in 2018,” Khabib continued. “I think his time is going to come and end of the year, maybe next year.
“It was his best performance; he is more of a great fighter today than he was a couple of days ago.
“This was his best performance, but in future, in a couple of years he has the chance to show and become maybe the best fighter of all time.”
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