Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway put on a masterclass performance against Calvin Kattar at UFC Fight Island 7, and it caught the attention of Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov had a heap of praise for Holloway after Saturday's victory. Nurmagomedov touted the Hawaiian as the greatest featherweight of all time and his display against Kattar while speaking with Dan Hardy's Full Reptile YouTube channel.
“I think about Max, he is already one of the best who has competed in MMA. He is one of the best and is probably the best featherweight of all time. I think it was his best performance,” Khabib said (h/t MMAMania).
Nurmagomedov who is believed to be the greatest fighter of all time by many anointed Holloway that honor himself of potentially becoming the best ever if he continues on the path that he currently is on. The undefeated Dagestan native also thinks that Holloway is just getting started and that the best is yet to still be seen from him.
“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. 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 I he keeps focused doing everything he has to do,” he said. “I really like Max, we were supposed to fight in 2018. 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.”
Holloway now after setting multiples UFC records for significant strikes landed (445), significant strikes attempted (744), significant strikes landed to the head (274) and significant strikes landed to the body (117) in the win over Kattar, has positioned himself for yet another shot at the featherweight title and potential trilogy bout with Alexander Volkanovski.