The Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov fight will not proceed as planned … again. Ferguson had to pull out of his bout with Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 due to a knee injury.
Ferguson will not fight after tearing his LCL. He will undergo surgery to repair the injury.
With the event just six days away, Dana White was able to find a replacement for Ferguson. Nurmagomedov will take on featherweight champion Max Holloway instead.
BOOM!!!!!! We got Khabib vs The Champ Max Holloway for the 155lb title this Saturday in Brooklyn New York!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/quvI3UqGXh
— Dana White (@danawhite) April 1, 2018
If Holloway manages to pull off the win. He would hold both the lightweight and featherweight titles. The only other fighter to hold both titles at the same time was Conor McGregor.
Upon hearing the news Nurmagomedov encouraged Ferguson to “heal up” on an Instagram post. He also took a shot at Ferguson, saying “don’t talk to much anymore” and “watch your mouth.”
Tony heal up man. Just want to advise you, don’t talk too much anymore. Lot of thoughts in my head right now, but I don’t want to become like you. Hope, this lesson will teach you watch your mouth. ❗️ На счёт этой ситуации я просто хочу сказать Тони: больше не болтай, в голове конечно много мыслей, на тебя похожим не буду, надеюсь этот урок научить тебя следить за языком. #ready #ufc223 #Alhamdulillah #победатолькоотВсевышнего
A post shared by Khabib Nurmagomedov (@khabib_nurmagomedov) on Apr 1, 2018 at 4:25pm PDT
Nurmagomedov and Ferguson have had problems fighting each other over the past two years. Both fighters had previously pulled out of scheduled fights with each other due to injuries. Nurmagomedov also pulled out in the past after having trouble dropping weight.
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