Max Holloway Wants To Find Out Who's Better At UFC 223

Apr 03, 2018, 03:46
Max Holloway Wants To Find Out Who's Better At UFC 223

Believe it or not, this is not an April Fools joke. Nurmagomedov and Ferguson have been scheduled several times previously, with the bout not happening each time due to an injury to one of the two fighters.

Sunday night the UFC lightweight title picture received a devastating blow.

Max Holloway has been praised for stepping in and facing Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 on short notice, but Nurmagomedov has stated that he wouldn't have stepped in if he was in Max Holloway's shoes. Nurmagomedov would also be competing for a title for the first time in his professional MMA career, which has lasted nearly a decade now.

They were set to fight in December 2015, but a rib injury forced Nurmagomedov out of the contest.

UFC president Dana White said today that McGregor was not considered to step in and face Nurmagomedov, as he would not make the weight in time. After dropping his belt to St-Pierre at UFC 217 in November, Bisping took a short-notice fight just three weeks later and was knocked out by Kelvin Gastelum in the first round. If he does that, then a rematch with Conor McGregor will very likely come next.

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Now sure, Holloway's certainly going to collect a nice check for this bout, and, he also has a chance to become just the fifth fighter in UFC history to win titles in two divisions.

The fight will be for the UFC Lightweight Championship, now held by an inactive Conor McGregor.

White has stated that he is unsure if McGregor will ever return to the UFC, but if he does, he will face the victor of UFC 223 main event.

White told ESPN: "He actually tore it off the bone, he's gonna need surgery on his knee". I'm here on six days notice, April 7th. "I'm never making that fight ever again". He's a guy I want to make a fight with and have the right amount of time to promote the fight.

Nurmagomedov is 25-0. Holloway is 19-3 but hasn't lost a fight since 2013.