Why Conor McGregor Wasn't Asked To Replace Tony Ferguson At UFC 223

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Tony Ferguson has been forced to withdraw from his lightweight title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 on Saturday after damaging his knee ligaments in a freak incident.

Featherweight champion Max Holloway (19-3) has agreed to take Ferguson's place and will face Nurmagomedov (25-0) for the lightweight title.

TONY FERGUSON IS out of the headline fight at UFC 223 and will be replaced by Max Holloway.

Still, Nurmagomedov admits, the name Holloway was never one that crossed his mind, especially considering the featherweight champion pulled out of his own March 3 title defense against Brian Ortega with an ankle injury.

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Max Holloway has been praised for stepping in and facing Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 on short notice, but Nurmagomedov has stated that he wouldn't have stepped in if he was in Max Holloway's shoes. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.

White said: "I don't think Conor McGregor could make the weight on six days' notice".

On learning that he set to replace Tony Ferguson: "The news was insane". I've got business to handle at 145. "I think maybe this guy is joking like always because I didn't like this first April joke". "Hope, this lesson will teach you watch your mouth". Bring whoever you want guys, [just at] 155, fight for the title. So I was like, how do you turn down an opportunity like this? More strong than him, have more good wrestling pressure, undefeated, I think it's going to be a long night for him. Bless his heart, he's made his money, he's doing his thing, he's got an education for his kid, that's what we all want.With that much loot, what are you going to do now? According to him, he was simply ready to fight for the title instead of being given "regular fights".

Nurmagomedov then explained why he believes he didn't get his desired fight with McGregor. If UFC makes this fight, for him it's not an easy fight and for me it's not an easy fight. Felder will be looking to extend his three-fight unbeaten streak when he takes on #11 ranked UFC Lightweight Al Iaquinta in the opening bout on the evening's pay-per-view card. "He is already middleweight and welterweight champion". I said ok, I need somebody.

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