BROOKLYN, N.Y. – After Saturday night, in theory, we’ll stop wondering just what is going on with the lightweight title picture.
UFC President Dana White today reclarified what will happen when featherweight champion Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) meets Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) in the UFC 223 main event. Nurmagomedov was supposed to fight Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) until a Ferguson injury knocked him out just a week before the fight, and Holloway stepped in.
Ferguson currently is the interim lightweight champion, but his fight with Nurmagomedov was going to determine the new lightweight champ – a belt currently held by Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC). That means McGregor will have his title stripped. But with Ferguson unable to fight, that means his interim belt no longer will exist, White said.
“No interim champ – when this fight is over, one of these guys will be the champion. Peroid,” White told MMAjunkie at a news conference today in New York.
UFC 223 will take place Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main card will air on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
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Article source: http://mmajunkie.com/2018/04/dana-white-reclarifies-holloway-nurmagomedov-title-stakes-says-conor-mcgregor-will-fight-in-2018
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