Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Who accepted the Khabib Nurmagomedov fight at UFC 223 before Max Holloway

UFC 223 Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov GETTYTony Ferguson plans on embarrassing Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223
Sidney Guerrero | 04 April, 2018, 01:30

McGregor is the official UFC lightweight champion as it stands, after becoming a two-weight champion in his most recent MMA fight, though he is expected to lose the belt amid the culmination of the Nurmagomedov-Holloway fight.

Saturday's new main event fight between Nurmagomedov and Holloway will be for the UFC lightweight championship, according to White. That's right, Dana White is washing his hands of the entire thing. "Conor isn't exactly the guy that I want to throw in as a late replacement fighter".

UFC 223 is set to take place on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. "That being said, Holloway's finishing ability comes from wearing down his opponent, and to me, this is a stylistically bad matchup".

McGregor had been trading verbal jabs with both men ahead of the UFC 223 headliner, while, at times, they may have even gotten the better of him in the social media sparring. I can't wait. This guy's one of the most feared guys, I don't know why. No, I'm not interested in asking Conor to take the fight. If UFC makes this fight, for him it's not an easy fight and for me it's not an easy fight. Tony also worked his way through the division, while Holloway is moving up from featherweight, something that Conor McGregor was criticized for when he made the same jump.

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McGregor is pencilled in for a return to UFC in September, after last year's blockbuster boxing match against Floyd Mayweather.

Nurmagomedov said he arrived in town Saturday with no indication Ferguson was pulling out of the bout, which now has been scheduled and canceled four times in recent years because of injuries to both fighters.

Addressing the fallout after Ferguson's withdrawal and Max Holloway's decision to step in, Khabib stated that he had specifically asked Dana to give him Conor in Brooklyn this weekend.

Now, he'll either get a shot at Holloway who could come into the fight off the back of a loss, or he could go up against Blessed who could have a championship title draped over each shoulder.

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