Tony Ferguson Withdraws From UFC 223, Max Holloway Named Replacement

Ferguson & Nurmagomedov To Fight For McGregors Belt At UFC 223

Max Holloway has stepped in to fill the void and will attempt to emulate McGregor's achievement of holding two titles consecutively, both the feather weight strap and the light weight strap, the same belts McGregor held but never defended.

Nurmagomedov is 25-0. Holloway is 19-3 but hasn't lost a fight since 2013.

Ferguson and Nurmagomedov were originally set to face each other at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December 2015, but a rib injury to the Russian forced him out of the contest.

"Words can't explain how hurt, frustrated, angry and in disbelief I an right now", Ferguson said.

Kabib Nurmagomedov will battle it out with Max Holloway after Tony Ferguson pulled out of UFC223.

"I do know that his time as a 145er was probably going to be on the clock soon, but he had full intentions to defend it two or three more times before he made any moves", Butler-Au said. Speaking with ESPN, White said due to the weight cut and lack of marketability so close to fight night, McGregor wasn't even considered for Ferguson's replacement.

According to UFC president White, "The Notorious", who has taken several multiple short-notice fights in the past, wasn't in contention to save the card as he didn't think he'd be able to make championship weight in less than six days. "The great thing about this sport, the stud, Max Holloway, is gonna step up and face Khabib for the official 155-pound title".




This is the fourth time this fight has been booked and fallen through.

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

No. 1 ranked featherweight Holloway will now step up a division to challenge Nurmagomedov and will look to join McGregor as the second fighter in history to hold titles simultaneously in two different weight classes.

"But the handsome thing about this sport, the stud 145-pound champion Max Holloway is going to step up and face Khabib this Saturday in Brooklyn, New York, and it is for the official 155-pound title".

Asked whether he thinks he will one day fight McGregor, Nurmagomedov said he's a believer.

"If I beat Conor or Georges St-Pierre, which one is bigger for my legacy?"

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