Mixed martial arts: Holloway replaces injured Ferguson in UFC lightweight title bout

UFC 223 Tony Ferguson

Interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson tripped and fell and ended up tearing a ligament in his knee. That means that Conor McGregor will be stripped of the lightweight title and that Ferguson will lose the interim belt he won when he defeated Kevin Lee previous year.

CONOR McGREGOR blasted rivals Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, saying: "These fools pull out more times than I do with my d***". "That's a tough weight cut for him", White said, according to ESPN. "And Conor is not the guy I want to throw in as a late replacement fighter".

"Hell no. I'm never making that fight ever again".

'My first option when Tony's out I say 'hey, where's Conor?

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Ferguson is the most recent one to pull out, tearing his LCL and forcing him to miss Saturday's main event at UFC 223 in Brooklyn.

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.

The UFC has tried to pair Ferguson and Nurmagomedov on four occasions, all of which have fallen through for various reasons.

Luckily for the UFC and fans around the world, Max Holloway was willing to step in on 6 days notice to fight Khabib for the UFC lightweight title.

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However, it could have all been a different situation had Holloway not accepted the fight in time. "I think it's going to be a long night for him".

"Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take advantage of that opportunity, but to be honest with you, my real feelings on it is that Khabib is not the fighter that you take on six days' notice". He won the title at UFC 216 in October by submitting Kevin Lee.

The Hawaiian has was beaten by The Notorious by unanimous decision in Boston in 2013 - but since then he has gone on a 12-fight unbeaten run and been crowned the 145lbs champion.

With all the movement that has taken place in the featherweight division over the last six months, it's understandable that the 28-year-old Brazilian has gotten lost in the shuffle, but that should change heading into this weekend.

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