Conor McGregor said no to a last-minute fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov, according to the Russian. "So I felt obligated to do more than what I actually wanted to". He said he's staying ready but he's no where to be found.
This fight has been scheduled four times, and four times it has fallen through.
Max Holloway shared on his last MMA Hour appearance, March 19, that he was still dealing with the ankle injury that kept him out of UFC 222. Tony also worked his way through the division, while Holloway is moving up from featherweight, something that Conor McGregor was criticized for when he made the same jump. "I got a lot of things to do still at 145 but I told you guys, when the UFC says then it's time to step up".
Featherweight champ Max Holloway will reportedly fight Khabib for Tony's interim title. I care about my legacy.
With former megastars like Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar now in the WWE and past long-time champions like Georges St. Pierre and Jon Jones having unclear futures in the sport, McGregor is more important than ever to the UFC.
"They called the right guy".
Although he was offered the first refusal at being a last-minute replacement to fight Nurmagomedov on six days' notice, he wasn't the only fighter the UFC asked to consider stepping up. "He is already middleweight and welterweight champion. For his legacy and for my legacy it's very important". If UFC makes this fight, for him it's not an easy fight and for me it's not an easy fight.
"Me and Georges St-Pierre main event; they can fight prelims".
And that's exactly what the undefeated Dagestani is willing to offer him, even if he believes the promotion will go a different route. We don't talk about money, we talk about legacy. "But 100 percent, UFC is going to try to push me versus Conor".