Conor McGregor Responds In Typical Fashion To Tony Ferguson's Injury

UFC 223 Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov

For Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, the fourth time would not be the charm.

Although he was offered the first refusal at being a last-minute replacement to fight Nurmagomedov on six days' notice, he wasn't the only fighter the UFC asked to consider stepping up.

White told ESPN: "He actually tore it off the bone, he's gonna need surgery on his knee". He's a guy I want to make a fight with and have the right amount of time to promote the fight.

Nurmagomedov has revealed that McGregor chose to not defend his lightweight belt at UFC 223 on Saturday in Brooklyn. "Max Holloway, I've heard him in interview say, 'I don't care about the belt, I care about check.' I think UFC tell him we are going to give you good money and you have to come here and he said of course".

Interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson had to withdraw from his bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 and the reason is nearly unbelievable. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.

White added: "As soon as these guys step in the ring and throw a punch, it's on for the title".

"About Conor? I don't remember when he fight last time", Nurmagomedov said.

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

The UFC has tried to pair Ferguson and Nurmagomedov on four occasions, all of which have fallen through for various reasons.

"I mean seriously, there is a precedent for having a fight for a "real" title and keeping an "interim" title intact".

On top of that, Holloway vs. Nurmagomedov is still a supremely intriguing fight and the other fights on the card have the potential to be memorable encounters as well.

Per White, Ferguson is expected to lose his interim title, which he won by defeating Kevin Lee at UFC 216 in October.

The Hawaiian has was beaten by The Notorious by unanimous decision in Boston in 2013 - but since then he has gone on a 12-fight unbeaten run and been crowned the 145lbs champion.

Holloway would also become the fifth fighter in UFC history to win a belt in two different weight classes (Couture, Penn, McGregor, St-Pierre). "I think Holloway is not any less interesting than Ferguson".

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