UFC president Dana White says that UFC 223’s Max Holloway-Khabib Nurmagomedov will be for the UFC lightweight title and explains why he didn’t consider Conor McGregor to be a late replacement for Tony Ferguson.
UFC 223: Khabib vs. Holloway, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York will still host the title doubleheader on April 7th. An unfortunate knee injury to current interim lightweight champion TONY FERGUSON caused him Sunday to withdraw from his fourth attempted meeting against undefeated powerhouse KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV.
With the promotion in a scramble to find a replacement opponent for NURMAGOMEDOV, current reigning featherweight champion Max Holloway stepped up to the task of putting the 1st blemish on the record of NURMAGOMEDOV, while looking to make history by becoming only the second fighter in UFC history to successfully hold two titles concurrently.
UFC 223 Main card (PPV)
Lightweight Title: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Max Holloway
Women’s Strawweight Title Rose Namajunas (c) vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Featherweight Renato Moicano vs. Calvin Kattar
Lightweight Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis
Lightweight Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Women’s Strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Felice Herrig
Flyweight Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno
Lightweight Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
Lightweight Evan Dunham vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Featherweight Alex Caceres vs. Artem Lobov
Women’s Flyweight Bec Rawlings vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Light Heavyweight Devin Clark vs. Mike Rodriguez
Featherweight Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Kyle Bochniak
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