Tony Ferguson Withdraws From UFC 223, Max Holloway Named Replacement

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The bad news is that Khabib will not be facing Tony Ferguson for the interim Lightweight Championship at UFC 223 on April 7.

Ferguson is not surprisingly unhappy with that call after suffering a torn LCL in a unusual fall while doing some UFC-obligated media promotion last weekend. This all started snowballing this weekend, man. The statement that he is referencing is that Holloway would go back down in weight and defend his featherweight title.

Holloway was out of his featherweight title defense against Frankie Edger in March, after suffering a leg injury during training.

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"There was a while when I was just looking for an honourable way out, I felt satisfied, like I proved everything I needed to prove", Rousey said. I think about maybe [Michael] Chiesa, [Paul] Felder, [Al] Iaquinta, [Anthony] Pettis, because these guys fight with me same night [at UFC 223]. I've got business to handle at 145, but I said when the UFC called, I'm one call away. "I think Holloway is not any less interesting than Ferguson". "We get to go out there and find out who's better". If UFC give me choice, I'm going to bring Georges. I woke up on Friday with some pain and I still tried to push through it. "I don't want to underestimate this guy".

"I think about Georges St-Pierre because he talk about he can make 155", Nurmagomedov said. "I know he had expressed some interest in fighting in September".

Nurmagomedov is grateful he's still competing for the title belt at UFC 223, because that's what's most important to him.

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"I'm not a doctor", Ferguson said. I don't want to fight for the money.

"I told first, "Hey". Athletes with LCL sprains can usually heal in a few weeks if they stay off it. I'm 29 years old.

Many have already commended Max for taking the fight but against a grappler of Khabib's strength and size, a win for him would perhaps be one of the greatest upsets in the history of the sport.

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"For me, I [would] never take this fight". "They just did that with Robert Whittaker previous year". They called the right guy.