UFC 223 Embedded 1: Holloway vs Nurmagomedov Vlog Series

Tony Ferguson Conor Mc Gregor Khabib Nurmagomedov

Tony Ferguson was forced to withdraw from Saturday's scheduled UFC 223 fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov because of a freak accident this past weekend in which the interim lightweight champion tore a ligament in his knee.

According to ESPN, Dana White has said that Ferguson will lose his interim title as a result, meaning the victor of Holloway vs Nurmagomedov will be the new champion. The good news is that Max "Blessed" Holloway agreed to step up for the challenge on just six day's notice.

Holloway, who has never competed at lightweight in the UFC, has hinted at moving up to the weight class as the cut to compete at featherweight has been tough for him. But I still want this fight. "Of all weekends. The UFC hasn't said anything to me about my title going away, and I don't think it will go away".

CONOR MCGREGOR attacked both Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov with a foul-mouthed tweet after their UFC title fight was called off.

Check back later in the week for bonus episodes on location from Brooklyn, including interviews with numerous fighters competing at UFC 223. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow. This is the fourth time it has been scheduled, I have a frightful feeling it's not going to happen.

Less than two years ago, Conor McGregor stepped up to the lightweight division and took out Eddie Alvarez to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts at the same time.

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White said the promotion did not reach out to McGregor as a potential replacement for Ferguson. The only other fighter to have done so is global superstar Conor McGregor.

Now, with the news that the UFC's fourth attempt ended in another injury withdrawal, fans are beginning to wonder if the Ferguson-Nurmagomedov match-up is cursed.

"I haven't spoken with the UFC yet about what's next", Ferguson said.

Holloway, 19-3, has not lost a fight since 2013 when McGregor beat him by decision.

The Hawaiian is riding a 12-fight win streak, including back-to-back TKO finishes of Brazilian star Jose Aldo as he captured the UFC's 145lb title. Ferguson had to pull out of the fight due to an injury. Nick Kalikas, who is a mixed martial arts oddsmaker, has opened Nurmagomedov as a -505 favorite, while Holloway is the +365 underdog.

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