UFC president Dana White took to Twitter to announced today that interim featherweight champion Tony Ferguson (23-3-0) injured his knee and will be replaced by featherweight champion Max Holloway (19-3-0) to take on undefeated 29-year-old Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0-0) for the lightweight belt at UFC 223.
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
Ferguson’s injury marks the fourth time the fight between the two has been scrapped. Nurmagomedov, who defeated Edson Barboza at UFC 219 in his last fight, took the opportunity to remind everyone of that in an Instagram response.
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 научит тебя следить за языком. #ready #ufc223 #Alhamdulillah #победатолькоотВсевышнего
Holloway, 26, comes in with a 12 fight win streak, including back-to-back wins over former champion Jose Aldo. He will be moving up to 155 pounds to challenge Nurmagomedov.
Player one ready pic.twitter.com/qawXYvzMLR
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) April 1, 2018
UFC 223 takes place Saturday April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The current card is:
Max Holloway (19-3-0) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0-0)
Renato Carniero (11-1-1) vs. Calvin Kattar (18-2-0)
Anthony Pettis (20-7-0) vs. Michael Chiesa (14-3-0)
Devin Clark (8-2-0) vs. Mike Rodriguez (9-2-0)
Al Iaquinta (13-3-1) vs. Paul Felder (15-3-0)
Alex Caceres (13-11-0) vs. Artem Lobov (13-14-1)
Joe Lauzon (27-14-0) vs. Chris Gruetzemacher (13-3-0)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2-0) vs. Evan Dunham (18-6-1)
Ray Borg (11-3-0) vs. Brandon Moreno (14-4-0)
Mairbek Taisumov (26-5-0) vs. Evan Dunham (18-6-1)
Ashlee Evans-Smith (5-3-0) vs. Bec Rawlings (7-7-0)
Rose Namjunas (7-3-0) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1-0)
Felice Herrig (14-6-0) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2-0)