White will 'never' book Ferguson vs Khabib again

The lightweight title, however, still will be up for grabs as featherweight champion Max Holloway will step in to face Nurmagomedov.

The new UFC 223 headliner almost could have featured the featherweight division's No. 1 contender instead of its champion.

In addition to Holloway, joining Max on the UFC 223 card are fellow SuckerPunch clients Paul "The Irish Dragon" Felder and Felice "Lil Bulldog" Herrig.

"I saw [Max's manager Brian Butler's] number show up on my phone, and he was like, "Hey man, do you think you can get Max down to 155?" and he gave me his weight".

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Holloway will fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight title in the main event at Barclays Center.

Interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson suffered a knee injury just seven days out from his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223.

Nurmagomedov, who is now on a 25 fight unbeaten streak, was informed about Tony Ferguson's injury on Sunday, but like many people, he thought that it was an April Fools joke.

'He's the type of guy that steps up for opportunities like this. Then, Nurmagomedov's botched weight cut forced him out of UFC 209's co-main for the interim strap. "He's the guy that I want to make a fight with, have the right amount of time to promote the fight, have the fight in the right place, so I'm not interested in asking Conor to take the fight".

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"I can't wait. This guy is one of the most feared guys you know?"

Khabib went on to talk about how Holloway would do against his former scheduled opponent Tony Ferguson.

White told ESPN: "He actually tore it off the bone, he's gonna need surgery on his knee".

And McGregor, who still officially holds the lightweight belt, blasted both fighters on Twitter this evening. "He replaced Conor McGregor, who has not fought inside the Octagon since taking on Floyd Mayweather Jr.in a boxing match last August". But it's fair to wonder whether McGregor will fight the victor of Saturday's showdown.

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