Khabib Nurmagomedov talks UFC 223 fallout, McGregor and Holloway

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

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

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will replace Tony Ferguson and fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight title in the main event of UFC 223 on Saturday in NY.

During an in-studio appearance today on Ariel Helwani's The MMA Hour, Nurmagomedov recalled the moment he found out about Ferguson's injury and why he thought it was an April Fool's joke.

The Hawaiian is riding a 12-fight win streak, including back-to-back TKO finishes of Brazilian star Jose Aldo as he captured the UFC's 145lb title.

Max Holloway, the 2017 Rolling Stone Magazine and UFC Fighter of the Year, will look to become only the second fighter in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously in two separate weight classes. In a odd bit of irony, Holloway holds a title that McGregor held and never lost as well.

"He's a stud", Dana White told ESPN, when asked about Holloway.

In a show of (somewhat) good sportsmanship, Khabib posted on social media saying that he hoped Tony would heal up soon.

"I care about my legacy", Nurmagomedov said.

Anthony Joshua nearly a stone lighter ahead of showdown with Joseph Parker
There's a strong possibility that he can be hit and hurt in this fight. "It's going to be a closer fight than anyone thinks". Joshua is considered the biggest star in the heavyweight division selling out hometown crowds of over 70 thousand.

"There was a while when I was just looking for an honourable way out, I felt satisfied, like I proved everything I needed to prove", Rousey said. And when you think about it, if he wins this fight, other than McGregor, he will be the only guy to hold two belts at the same time'.

"I tell (UFC), how you guys give me this guy?"

Khabib Nurmagomedov believes that he poses new threats for Max Holloway, and he is unsure whether Max Holloway understands what he is getting into.

"I don't think Conor McGregor could make the weight on six days" notice. I think about maybe like [Michael] Chiesa or [Paul] Felder, [Al] Iaquinta, [Anthony] Pettis, somebody because these guys fight with me on the same night.

"I'm here to fight".

But still, to accept this fight in these circumstances, its speaks volumes about Holloway walking the walk, and not just talking the talk.

The last time the UFC was in Calgary was in 2012 for UFC 149, a card that drew more than $4 million at the box office, but featured a main card that failed to deliver.

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