Max Holloway to replace Tony Ferguson in UFC 223 fight

UFC 223 Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov

With former megastars like Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar now in the WWE and past long-time champions like Georges St. Pierre and Jon Jones having unclear futures in the sport, McGregor is more important than ever to the UFC. And not only are these two fighters missing out, but so are UFC fans.

It's expected that the victor of the fight between Holloway and Nurmagomedov will meet with Conor McGregor.

At the time of the presser, no one knew what was to follow.

The undefeated Dagestani fighter will face Max Holloway at UFC 223 Saturday in Brooklyn after his original opponent, Tony Ferguson, fell off the card with a freak injury.

Upon hearing the news that Max Holloway would replace Ferguson, he tweeted: "They winging this whole s**t".

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Many questions came with this announcement. But with just six days notice to get ready, a cut down to 155 pounds is still going to be severe for the Hawaiian champ. The Rose Namajunas-Joanna Jedrzejczyk co-main event for the UFC Women's Strawweight title, in particular, has "Fight of the Year" potential. Is he fully recovered? If this is the will of the Fight Gods, we are 100% on board with the plan.

"This is how legends are made", Hollway said. Ferguson commented about having to pull out of the fight on Twitter. We're in the "Blessed Era" as Holloway likes to say, and it's time to embrace it.

The Notorious was expected to be stripped of his lightweight title when the pair faced off on Saturday in Brooklyn, New York.

Of course, there's another huge name lingering: UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.

It's also kind of freakish that Max Holloway is fighting for the title.

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"It would have been great to be ready for that fight and be ready to step in and save the day, but unfortunately, I am way, way too big to make the 155-pound limit on six days' notice".

UFC 223 was supposed to be headlined by interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson against Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed lightweight championship. Khabib's stand up isn't awful but it's not where he shines, and even when he dominated Michael Johnson at UFC 205, the boxer was able to hurt him in the first round with punches. That's why if he beats Holloway, he will be pushing for a fight against former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

UFC 223 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the two championship bouts at UFC 223 this Saturday night.

And White confirmed that the victor of the bout would walk away as the undisputed UFC lightweight champion, with the title departing the waist of two-weight champ Conor McGregor in the process. As for Khabib, a win over Holloway not only gives him his first title, but improves his record to 26-0 and would cement his legacy as one of the most dominant fighters to ever step in the Octagon.

With Conor McGregor previously holding both belts, the Irishman seems destined to face the victor in a massive fight later this year.

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