Manager: Max Holloway initially wanted UFC 223 fight at welterweight

Before agreeing to a lightweight title fight, Max Holloway wanted to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov on six days’ notice at welterweight, according to his manager.

Brian Butler-Au of SuckerPunch Entertainment said the UFC featherweight champion did not hesitate when offered the Nurmagomedov UFC 223 bout this past weekend following Tony Ferguson’s fight-cancelling knee injury. Butler-Au’s only concern was whether “Blessed” would be able to make the 155-pound weight limit in such little time, but once Holloway’s nutrition team said he could do it, Butler-Au was 100-percent in.

“[Holloway] immediately said to me, ‘Let’s f-cking do it, bro. This is how legends are made.’ That’s exactly what he said to me,” Butler-Au told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s The MMA Hour. “I said, ‘We gotta let George (Lockhart) crunch the numbers.’

“I’m sure he can make the weight; I want him to make it healthily and I don’t want it to have any long-term effects on him. George crunched the numbers; it took about an hour, hour and a half for George to do all that, check everything out. He came back, said he can 100 percent do it, it’s gonna be a grind for him, but if anybody can do it, Max can, and he can do it in a healthy manner. After that, it was

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