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Max Holloway to replace Tony Ferguson in UFC 223 fight

03 April 2018, 04:12 | Stacy Ballard

Just like McGregor Holloway beat Jose Aldo for his title. Image PA Images

Just like McGregor Holloway beat Jose Aldo for his title. Image PA Images

"I don't want to underestimate this guy".

Ferguson was ruled out of their high profile UFC lightweight title fight after a trip and fall while performing media duties saw him tear knee ligaments.

The UFC continue to be plagued by late withdrawals but fortunately on this occasion pay-per-view sales shouldn't take too much of a hit given Holloway's champion status and McGregor's involvement in both title pictures producing a fascinating back-drop to Saturday night. "I don't want to fight for the money". "If Dana called me and said you have to fight after one month (of being injured), I would never take this".

Then I had to talk to Max and ask him what he had been eating, if he had been training. "Hope, this lesson will teach you watch your mouth". If you look at his 12-fight win streak, nobody is like me. He was fighting in the 145-lb weight class and will be fighting in the 155-lb weight class. Everything is different and he has an opponent who is young, hungry, bigger than him and more strong than him.

"I scared about this when I think about this", Nurmagomedov said. "He replaced Conor McGregor, who has not fought inside the Octagon since taking on Floyd Mayweather Jr.in a boxing match last August".

"It's moments like these when legends are made", said Brian Butler-Au, Managing Director of SuckerPunch Entertainment.

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"If UFC has a problem, this a UFC problem". "That's why my name is Khabib". I care about my legacy. Without UFC or no, people are going to remember this.

The good news is that the undefeated Avar mixed martial artist will still have a shot at the UFC Lightweight Championship... that is, against the UFC's Featherweight Champion Max Holloway.

Khabib tweeted, "Where are you now @thenotorious" but Dana responded telling ESPN, 'I don't think Conor McGregor could make the weight on six days notice.

"There was a while when I was just looking for an honourable way out, I felt satisfied, like I proved everything I needed to prove", Rousey said.

The last time the UFC was in Calgary was in 2012 for UFC 149, a card that drew more than $4 million at the box office, but featured a main card that failed to deliver.

But be that as it may, Nurmagomedov also knows Holloway hasn't faced anyone like him. "I think Holloway is not any less interesting than Ferguson".

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