Khabib Nurmagomedov once supported Max Holloway to become greatest fighter of all time

Khabib Nurmagomedov once voiced his conviction that Max Holloway possessed the qualities to become the greatest fighter of all time.

Holloway stunned the world at UFC 300 with a last-second knockout of Justin Gaethje, claiming the ceremonial ‘BMF’ title and leaving spectators in awe with his remarkable performance.

Despite comfortably leading on the scorecards, ‘Blessed’ beckoned his opponent to meet him at the center of the octagon in the closing moments of the bout.

What followed was a relentless barrage of strikes, culminating in a knockout that sent Gaethje crashing to the canvas with just one second remaining in the fifth round.

Holloway, widely adored in the MMA realm, boasts an illustrious resume as a former UFC featherweight champion, having defended his title three times.

Despite facing a setback in his previous attempt to conquer the lightweight division and secure an interim title at 155 pounds against Dustin Poirier, the 32-year-old Hawaiian has now made a pivotal return to the lightweight category, potentially positioning himself for another shot at the title.

During an interview with Dan Hardy in January 2021, UFC Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov weighed in on Holloway’s record-breaking performance against Calvin Kattar and suggested that he possesses the potential to emerge as one of the most legendary fighters in MMA history:

“He’s already one of the best fighters to ever compete in MMA, and maybe he is the best fighter of all time. When we look at Max, he’s not old, you know, but he has a lot of fights in the UFC. I think his prime time is coming, and it hasn’t come yet; maybe this year or maybe next year, he’s going to be in his prime.”

‘The Eagle’ added:

“I think his time is going to come if he’s going to focus on doing everything that he has to do. I believe he has the potential to become a greater fighter than he was a couple of days ago.”

Check out Khabib Nurmagomedov’s comments below (2:11):

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