Max Holloway To Fight in Main Card at UFC 223ax

Max Holloway To Fight in Main Card at UFC 223ax

White told ESPN that Ferguson will now lose his interim championship title, and the victor of the Nurmagomedov-Holloway fight will become the organization's lightweight champion.

The highly anticipated lightweight title fight between Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov was shelved after "El Cucuy" tore a ligament while fulfilling media obligations six days from their 155-lbs showdown.

Instead, featherweight champion Max Holloway will step in on short notice.

Should Holloway win, he will become only the second fighter in UFC history to win a title in two different weight classes simultaneously, a feat that McGregor accomplished when he defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November, 2016. "He replaced Conor McGregor, who has not fought inside the Octagon since taking on Floyd Mayweather Jr.in a boxing match last August". You can check out his message here.

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'm here to fight".

He said: "Words can't express how hurt, frustrated, angry and in disbelief I am right now". "I was like...how do you turn down an opportunity like this?"

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Not only would 6 days be an inadequate amount of time to make the weight cut but it would also mean a limited amount of promotion for McGregor's return.

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

"This is not an April Fool's, Tony is out", UFC president Dana White said.

In addition to Holloway, joining Max on the UFC 223 card are fellow SuckerPunch clients Paul "The Irish Dragon" Felder and Felice "Lil Bulldog" Herrig.

"Yesterday after training we were going to go home, going to hotel to relax and my brother, Ali, told me he's out", Nurmagomedov said. It's a shame about the late notice and the weight difference, but this is still one hell of a fight.

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

'I think Conor could return in September, and it could be against one of these guys, ' he told ESPN.

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