Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

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

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

Because of that history, Nurmagomedov made sure that he would only agree to face Holloway if it was at 155 pounds for the undisputed title.

Now UFC fans around the world will be crossing fingers and toes that both Holloway and Nurmagomedov both make weight, then make it to the octagon in one piece. Why is he taking this fight when he couldn't make his own title fight in early March?

And White confirmed that the victor of the bout would walk away as the undisputed UFC lightweight champion, with the title departing the waist of two-weight champ Conor McGregor in the process. All I can say is Max is a gangster. "I know he had expressed some interest in fighting in September". I said yes. Eventually, Max replied and Dana gave him the fight.

Given that this marked the fourth time a scheduled Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov fight has been cancelled, Alvarez admitted he's a little frustrated with himself for not being more ready in the event the fight was nixed again. "I get to share the Octagon with the guy April 7th".

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The UFC salvaged the show by replacing Ferguson with featherweight champion Max Holloway, and declaring that the victor would be the outright lightweight champion. But with just six days notice to get ready, a cut down to 155 pounds is still going to be severe for the Hawaiian champ.

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. The bout between the two has been booked a total of 4 times now with both fighters having pulled out two times each. But it's fair to wonder whether McGregor will fight the victor of Saturday's showdown. For the fourth, yes fourth, time, a fight between Tony Ferguson and Khabibi Nurmagomedov will not happen after Ferguson (23-3) was forced to pull out of the fight due to a torn LCL from a weird tripping accident. "They just did that with Robert Whittaker previous year", Ferguson said. "He is already middleweight and welterweight champion".

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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