Max Holloway to Fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 After Ferguson Injury
03:48, Apr 3, 2018
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However the last three weeks the UFC has not hosted any events as the organization prepares to host UFC 223 which is scheduled to take place on Saturday night, April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Nurmagomedov all but called-out the Irishman on Twitter before the news about Ferguson's injury was announced, but there's no arguing that coming back to fight the victor of this clash will draw plenty of interest.
Instead, featherweight champion Max Holloway will step in on short notice.
While Conor McGregor (21-3) is the UFC's official lightweight champion, he is expected to lose the title to the victor of Nurmagomedov-Holloway. due to being inactive for almost two years within the promotion.
Holloway is unbeaten since a loss via decision to Conor McGregor, including wins over Jose Aldo. You can check out his message here.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov believes that he poses new threats for Max Holloway, and he is unsure whether Max Holloway understands what he is getting into.
In a show of (somewhat) good sportsmanship, Khabib posted on social media saying that he hoped Tony would heal up soon. I had to call Tyler Minton [who is part of the Lockhart & Leith team], who worked with Max for his last fight, and we were running numbers back and forth, and seeing where he previously was fight week.
The UFC didn't disclose the nature of Ferguson's injury.
"I think Conor could return in September, and it could be against one of these guys". I haven't heard if it will be for the official title and Conor will be stripped.
"I do not understand", Nurmagomedov said. He also assured that while the Nurmagomedov matchup landed in Holloway's lap, he'll fight both men in the future. Holloway already holds the 145-pound featherweight belt and he will move up to 155 pounds on short notice. "He told me that, 'Tony is hurt, and they want you and Khabib.' So I was like, 'How do you turn down an opportunity like this?' Opportunities like this come once in a lifetime". "But now he's in different territory, different weight class, different animal. I think it's going to be a long night for him".
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