June 22, 2018

UFC 223: Holloway saves main event

03 April 2018, 03:43 | Sam Montgomery

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UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson is injured and out of Saturday's UFC 223 pay-per-view in Brooklyn, New York. This fight was scheduled to take place in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and it never happened because Khabib pulled out twice and Ferguson once due to different injuries.

However, featherweight champion Max Holloway has agreed to replace Ferguson at short notice for the headline fight.

Holloway is unbeaten since a loss via decision to Conor McGregor, including wins over Jose Aldo.

"He tore his LCL and apparently that's an injury that you don't need surgury on", UFC president Dana White told ESPN. You can check out his message here.

As "Blessed" prepared to board a flight for NY to take on Khabib Nurmagomedov this weekend, KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello caught up with Holloway at the airport.

In a show of (somewhat) good sportsmanship, Khabib posted on social media saying that he hoped Tony would heal up soon. UFC 223 is packed with a number of exciting fights including the co-main event which will see former UFC strawweight queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk look to reclaim her belt from current champion Rose Namajunas.

White also said Ferguson is expected to lose his interim title, which he won last October after defeating Kevin Lee at UFC 216. "This fight is for the title". Unfortunately, White explained the short notice was not enough for McGregor to make the weight.

"I care about my legacy", Nurmagomedov said. "This fight is for the title".

Will this massive weight cut hurt Holloway's chances on Saturday?

Nurmagomedov suspects that Holloway took this fight for the money, not for the belt. What makes this whole situation a lot more painful is the fact that this marks the fourth time the organisation has booked the fight - yet the two have never met inside of the Octagon.

On his "Believe You Me" podcast, Bisping said that he told the organization that he is interested in being on the card and that he's asked them to come back to him with some potential opponents. He was fighting in the 145-lb weight class and will be fighting in the 155-lb weight class. "I think it's going to be a long night for him".

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