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Ferguson out, Holloway in for Undisputed Lightweight Title

Postby iain2909 » Apr 1. 2018, 19:53

UFC officials today announced UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson has been forced to withdraw from Saturday’s UFC 223 headliner, and featherweight champion Max Holloway will now meet Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC’s undisputed lightweight title.
MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed the switch with UFC President Dana White. This now marks the fourth time the bout has been scheduled, though it has fallen apart for a variety of reasons each time. White told ESPN.com that Ferguson knee injury is the culprit this time around.

Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) is expected to be stripped of his interim title as a result of the withdrawal.

Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) is currently the No. 1-ranked featherweight in the world according to the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings. Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) is No. 3 in the lightweight division.

UFC 223 takes place Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Holloway, the current UFC featherweight champion, now looks to join Conor McGregor as the only fighters in UFC history to simultaneously hold titles in two different weightclasses. Holloway would also be the youngest fighter in UFC history to ever earn titles in multiple divisions.

Holloway was in action most recently in December, scoring a third-round TKO win over former featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 218. The Hawaiian native’s next move had not yet been announced prior to this short-notice assignment.

With the change to the card, the UFC 223 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

Max Holloway vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov – for lightweight title
Champ Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk – for women’s strawweight title
Calvin Kattar vs. Renato Moicano
Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis
Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno
Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Joe Lauzon
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Evan Dunham
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET)

Alex Caceres vs. Artem Lobov
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Bec Rawlings
Devin Clark vs. Michael Rodriguez
Kyle Bochniak vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
For more on UFC 223, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

http://mmajunkie.com/2018/04/tony-fergu ... at-ufc-223

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Re: Ferguson Out, Holloway In

Postby JackHawk MMA » Apr 1. 2018, 19:55

Please tell me this is fake news
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Re: Ferguson Out, Holloway In

Postby iain2909 » Apr 1. 2018, 20:00

JackHawk MMA wrote:Please tell me this is fake news


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Re: Ferguson out, Holloway in for Undisputed Lightweight Title

Postby Dis E_pline » Apr 1. 2018, 20:08

Nope it s real tony fucked his knee reaĺly bad... that fight is not meant to happen godammit

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Re: Ferguson out, Holloway in for Undisputed Lightweight Title

Postby Poochie » Apr 1. 2018, 21:37

I hoped that this was only april fools, but i guess not.
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Re: Ferguson out, Holloway in for Undisputed Lightweight Title

Postby Lukn4trbl » Apr 1. 2018, 22:30

Poochie wrote:I hoped that this was only april fools, but i guess not.

Never say, never!
I don't trust Dana and his network of peeps.  i think it's an elaborate April fool's joke.
We'll see tomorrow!
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Re: Ferguson out, Holloway in for Undisputed Lightweight Title

Postby Kizzo » Apr 1. 2018, 23:44

It's been rescheduled for UFC 247.

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Re: Ferguson out, Holloway in for Undisputed Lightweight Title

Postby JackHawk MMA » Apr 2. 2018, 00:19

Kizzo wrote:It's been rescheduled for UFC 247.

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:lol:
This is such a shit show... I cannot believe this is real. 
Tony "I kick steel pipes" Ferguson is out with a leg injury.
Conor "Stay ready" McGregor  is all of a sudden not ready.
Max "Sacraficed" Holloway, too injured to fight Frankie Edgar last week, contemplating surgery, now magically healthy enough to fight Khabib on 6 days notice  
Are we supposed to believe this is going to be competitive?  :roll:
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Re: Ferguson out, Holloway in for Undisputed Lightweight Title

Postby Lukeo » Apr 2. 2018, 00:31

Didn't Conor say he would be ready to step in for this fight if someone pulled out?

Anyway.. Holloway is an absolute fucking LEGEND for stepping up.

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Re: Ferguson out, Holloway in for Undisputed Lightweight Title

Postby Lukeo » Apr 2. 2018, 00:40

JackHawk MMA wrote:

:lol:
This is such a shit show... I cannot believe this is real. 
Tony "I kick steel pipes" Ferguson is out with a leg injury.
Conor "Stay ready" McGregor  is all of a sudden not ready.
Max "Sacraficed" Holloway, too injured to fight Frankie Edgar last week, contemplating surgery, now magically healthy enough to fight Khabib on 6 days notice  
Are we supposed to believe this is going to be competitive?  :roll:

Ortega might of been more interesting.

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Re: Ferguson out, Holloway in for Undisputed Lightweight Title

Postby Kizzo » Apr 2. 2018, 01:00

JackHawk MMA wrote::lol:
This is such a shit show... I cannot believe this is real. 
Tony "I kick steel pipes" Ferguson is out with a leg injury.
Conor "Stay ready" McGregor  is all of a sudden not ready.
Max "Sacraficed" Holloway, too injured to fight Frankie Edgar last week, contemplating surgery, now magically healthy enough to fight Khabib on 6 days notice  
Are we supposed to believe this is going to be competitive?  :roll:


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Re: Ferguson out, Holloway in for Undisputed Lightweight Title

Postby SterlingStar » Apr 2. 2018, 01:28

Khabib better hope he can KO Max.....

All this smells like a set - up to a McChickenSandwich vs Holloway match with 2 champs that held/holding 2 belts mega-money fight. 2 birds w/ one stone as well, takes care of that 25-0 Dana fears too.
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Re: Ferguson out, Holloway in for Undisputed Lightweight Title

Postby ikor » Apr 2. 2018, 02:36

Let's wait for one more day.


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