UFC 223: Max Holloway steps in to face Nurmagomedov after Ferguson injury

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It emerged on Sunday night that the much-anticipated UFC fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson had been canceled for the fourth time, this time due to an injury to Ferguson.

UFC Superstar Conor McGregor is still the official lightweight champion but since he has not defended the belt, the UFC has chose to award the belt to the victor of the Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov.

"Hell no. I'm never making that fight again, ever", UFC president Dana White told ESPN's Brett Okamoto when asked if he'd ever consider booking a matchup between the two competitors again.

Holloway and Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight for the official UFC lightweight title on April 7.

Holloway will fight at lightweight for the first time in his UFC career on Saturday. He respects Holloway as the featherweight champion and is impressed by his overall resume, which includes 12-fight streak with wins over the likes of Jose Aldo (twice), Pettis, Ricardo Lamas, Cub Swanson, and Jeremy Stephens.

A rib injury, a lung problem, a bad weight cut and now a freak knee accident makes it seem like this bout is cursed, but fans were hopeful that with only week remaining until the Brooklyn event, we were finally going to get the fight everyone wants to see. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.

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"I don't think Conor McGregor could make the weight on six days' notice". For the fourth, yes fourth, time, a fight between Tony Ferguson and Khabibi Nurmagomedov will not happen after Ferguson (23-3) was forced to pull out of the fight due to a torn LCL from a freaky tripping accident. I've got business to handle at 145. "I said, you know, 'doesn't matter.' I say, 'if this is for real belt, I say yes'". "Hope, this lesson will teach you watch your mouth". "I think it's going to be a long night for him". "He's a fighter's champion".

"I can't wait. I can't wait to fight". "I don't want to fight for the money". He last fought in a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather last summer.

You know what they say: To be the best you've got to beat the best, and the best is 'Blessed, ' baby.

But still, to accept this fight in these circumstances, its speaks volumes about Holloway walking the walk, and not just talking the talk.

The end of 2017 did not go well for former middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

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