MONDAY NEWS DIGEST 12/10: Khabib Nurmagomedov granted continuance, Holloway still thinks Aldo is greatest ever, McGregor impressed with Holloway’s win, and more

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Oct 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Khabib Nurmagomedov (red gloves) reacts after his fight against Conor McGregor (blue gloves) during UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Khabib granted continuance by Nevada Commission

Just as Conor McGregor was last week, Khabib Nurmagomedov has been granted a continuance by the Nevada Athletic Commission for his hearing regarding his part in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl. Marc Raimondi was first to report the news Sunday night. Both McGregor and Nurmagomedov were scheduled to face the commission for a disciplinary hearing Monday, but McGregor’s legal team successfully applied for a continuance, pushing the date back, and Nurmagomedov’s team followed suit. Raimondi’s report states that the new hearing is likely to be on the agenda for the Jan. 29 hearing.

Max Holloway says those calling him greatest featherweight are ‘wrong’

In the wake of his UFC 231 destruction of Brian Ortega, Max Holloway hasn’t been afraid to toot his own horn. Literally in fact as he let out a “Choo, Choo” in asking everyone to come aboard the “Blessed Express.” But that aside, Holloway was humble when it came to his status among the greatest featherweights of all-time. When a reporter gave Holloway the GOAT status Saturday night, Holloway was quick to correct him.

”You’re wrong,” Holloway said (transcribed by MMAFighting). “I still believe the greatest featherweight of all time is Jose Aldo. When I’m 30 or 31, or his age, then you ask me if I’m the greatest featherweight of all time if I’m still here. But, at the end of the day, I just want to be pound for pound No. 1.”

Holloway could easily claim that mantle seeing that he defeated Aldo twice in 2017, but he still thinks he has more to do.

”I just gotta keep winning. I just gotta keep doing my job, keep winning fights, and let you guys keep talking about it.”

Conor sends his regards

Meanwhile, the last man to defeat Max Holloway, Conor McGregor was complimentary of his performance. Replying to a tweet from Chael Sonnen, asking rhetorically how good Conor McGregor must be after seeing Holloway’s performance on Saturday, McGregor replied “Thank you Chael. I was very happy to see Max return healthy and sharp in there the other night. Great win.”

With Conor ascending to superstar status since their 2013 fight and Holloway looking at maybe moving up to 155, a rematch between the two is on people’s minds. McGregor, of course, will still have to face the NAC before a new matchup can be made and he’s already been linked to a potential fight with Dustin Poirier, per Dana White.


Monday Notebook

-Teammate Dillon Danis defended McGregor amid talk of Holloway as the greatest featherweight of all-time. Danis tweeted “they do Conor dirty by saying max is the best FW ever… Conor is, he beat porier [sic], aldo, mendez [sic] AND max and more.”

-Regarding his knockout win over Chad Laprise at UFC 231, Dhiego Lima told reporters, “I just saved my job.”

Fight Announcements

-Justin Ledet vs. Johnny Walker at UFC Fight Night Fortaleza on Feb. 2.

-Kai Kara-France vs. Raulian Paiva at UFC 234 on Feb. 9 from Melbourne, Australia.

-James Gallagher vs. Steven Graham at Bellator from Dublin on Feb. 23

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