Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

UFC 223: Tony Ferguson Out of Main Event, Max Holloway Steps In

UFC 223: Tony Ferguson Out of Main Event, Max Holloway Steps In

It's expected that the victor of the fight between Holloway and Nurmagomedov will meet with Conor McGregor.

"I mean seriously, there is a precedent for having a fight for a "real" title and keeping an "interim" title intact".

While facing the featherweight champion in a lightweight title fight in Brooklyn represents a unique challenge, opportunity, and spectacle, Nurmagomedov told WFAN's "Outside the Cage" his fight after Holloway will be even bigger.

"I haven't spoken with the UFC yet about what's next", Ferguson said (via MMA Fighting). "I think Holloway is not any less interesting than Ferguson".

"I still upset because we have to fight", said the unbeaten Russian.

In that time the Irishman has had to hand over the featherweight title he beat Jose Aldo for and, whilst never officially stripped of it, he's seen the UFC set up another fight for his lightweight belt that didn't include him.

"I think about Georges St-Pierre because he talk about he can make 155", Nurmagomedov said.

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UFC 223 this Saturday, April 7 in Brooklyn will have an unexpected appearance from Waianae's Max Holloway in the main event, confirmed by the organization's president, Dana White.

With UFC 223 just six days away, lightweight interim champion, Tony Ferguson, has stepped down from the fight.

This fight has been scheduled four times, and four times it has fallen through.

At UFC 209, when Nurmagomedov did not show up to weigh-ins due to an emergency situation as a result of weight cutting, the UFC didn't have enough time to find a suitable replacement that Ferguson would agree to face. But it's fair to wonder whether McGregor will fight the victor of Saturday's showdown. Fights in 2015, 2016, 2017 and now 2018 have been cancelled as a result of injury or, in last year's case, weight cutting complications.

"Whoever wins, wins the title and we'll see what happens with Conor over the next several months". Although, you could argue that the rib injury, the lung problem and the bad weight cut only cranked up the pressure on both men to impress after trying to make it to the Octagon since 2015. "I got a lot of things to do still at 145 but I told you guys, when the UFC says then it's time to step up".

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

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