Tony Ferguson out, Max Holloway now meets Khabib Nurmagomedov for undisputed lightweight title

Seriously.

UFC officials today announced UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson has been forced to withdraw from Saturday’s UFC 223 headliner, and featherweight champion Max Holloway will now meet Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC’s undisputed lightweight title.

MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed the switch with UFC President Dana White. This now marks the fourth time the bout has been scheduled, though it has fallen apart for a variety of reasons each time. White told ESPN.com that Ferguson knee injury is the culprit this time around.

Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) is expected to be stripped of his interim title as a result of the withdrawal.

Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) is currently the No. 1-ranked featherweight in the world according to the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings. Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) is No. 3 in the lightweight division.

UFC 223 takes place Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Holloway, the current UFC featherweight champion, now looks to join Conor McGregor as the only fighters in UFC history

Article source: http://mmajunkie.com/2018/04/tony-ferguson-out-max-holloway-meets-khabib-nurmagomedov-at-ufc-223

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