UFC 223 chaos continues: Max Halloway doesn't make weight, fight is off

As could be expected UFC featherweight champion Max Halloway simply had too much weight to lose ahead of his match with Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight championship

Kahron Spearman

For now and once again, UFC 223 on Saturday at Barclays Center has no main event. 


UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway was declared medically unfit to fight by the medical staff and subsequently been pulled from the card. He was scheduled to face the heavy favorite and contender Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight championship, according to Dana White.

Seeking a chance at history, Holloway (19-3) took the bout on six days' notice but couldn't make the 155-pound weight limit in a capacity comfortable for the UFC on Friday.


Nurmagomedov's orginial match partner was Tony Ferguson, who was forced off the card last weekend due to a knee injury suffered during PR requirements for the match, forcing Holloway into the match.

@TeamKhabib my brother I want to keep going but they are stopping me. Sorry to your team and the fans. You dont deserve this. This is number one. Shout outs to you and @Showtimepettis . Give the fans what they deserve

As of right now, the latest is that Anthony Pettis is on track to take on Nurmagomedov for the lightweight belt. Pettis was supposed to fight Michael Chiesa, who was also forced out with facial lacerations stemming from the infamous Conor McGregor melee.


He has .2 pounds to lose, after missing weight on the first weigh-in. Once he makes weight, the championship match is expected to be made official.