Max Holloway stepping in keeps main event, raises excitement for UFC 223

04 April, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Elena Meyer
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Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the hottest, most talked about fighters in the UFC right now-and he's not slowing down.

These words were uttered by UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway before at a press conference back in January. "This fight is for the title".

He posted: "For the record, Dana called me yesterday to see if I would step in against Khabib since Max hadn't responded yet. I think it's going to be a long night for him".

While UFC head Dana White has already said that the promotion has no intention of attempting to organize a fight between the two for the fifth time, Nurmagomedov senior says that a fight with Ferguson is still a key consideration for his son.

UFC star Max Holloway is stepping in to fight arguably the scariest dude on planet, Khabib Nurmagomedov, on 6 DAYS NOTICE. and he's somehow super chill about it!

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This fight has been scheduled four times, and four times it has fallen through.

When Tony Ferguson was forced out the UFC 223 main event with a freak injury, the UFC began a desperate search for a replacement opponent for Khabib Nurmagomedov. 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. "He's a fighter's champion".

Ferguson has pulled out from the event due to a torn knee ligament suffered in an accident on a studio set and tweeted confirmation of the news on Sunday. "That's a tough weight cut for him", he said. White also stated that the interim belt that Ferguson now holds will be stripped and he may not even be guaranteed to battle the victor between Khabib and Holloway. Not only did he miss two full years due to a knee injury between 2014 and 2016, he withdrew from his third attempt at facing Ferguson last March for the interim 155-pound title after being hospitalized for a hard weight cut.

'I think Conor could return in September, and it could be against one of these guys, ' he told ESPN.

Holloway has won 12 straight fights and a 13th straight win would put him in elite company and tie him for second place with Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre and Demetrious Johnson.

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