With less than a week away from UFC 223, the main event fight between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov has been cancelled. The UFC was forced to do the same after Tony suffered a knee injury.
Now, instead of Tony, UFC Featherweight champion Max Holloway will be stepping up to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the Lightweight championship. Though this was a great move from UFC’s side, it’s interesting how current Lightweight champion Conor McGregor was not offered the short notice replacement.
While the fans were left wondering about the same, Dana White himself revealed the reason during an interview with ESPN.
“I don’t think Conor McGregor could make the weight on six days’ notice. That’s a tough weight cut for him. And Conor is not the guy I want to throw in as a late replacement fighter. He’s a guy I want to make a fight with and have the right amount of time to promote the fight. I think Conor could return in September, and it could be against one of these guys.” White told. (H/T Bloody Elbow)
Dana also revealed that the fight between Nurmagomedov and Holloway will be for the ‘real’ Lightweight championship.
Reported reason behind Ferguson’s injury
Meanwhile, reports suggest that the injury of Ferguson was caused by a freak accident. According to Brett Okamoto of ESPN, Ferguson’s injury came as result of a trip. You can read the tweet from Okamoto below.
“I’m told the injury to Tony Ferguson was literally caused by a trip. The freak accident of all freak accidents. He was walking, saw someone he wasn’t expecting to see, veered sharply to say hello and tripped.”
This is the fourth time that the fight between Khabib and Tony is getting cancelled. Meanwhile, if Holloway manages to defeat Khabib at UFC 223, he will become the fifth fighter in the UFC to win the title in two weight divisions. UFC 223 happens this weekend in Brooklyn.