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Max Holloway to replace injured Tony Ferguson at UFC 223

Per ESPN, Ferguson suffered a torn LCL in an accident on a studio set while fulfilling his prefight media obligations on Friday.


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According to ESPN's MMA writer Brett Okamoto, the lightweight title fight between interim champion Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov is now canceled, only six days before it was to take place - to crown an official champion at the division - during UFC 223, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

UFC president Dana White told Okamoto on Sunday that Ferguson (23-3) has a torn LCL ligament in his knee, coming from a studio set accident - confirmed in a Twitter post by Ferguson.

He's the type of guy that steps up for opportunities like this. And when you think about it, if he wins this fight, other than Conor McGregor, he will be the only guy to hold two belts at the same time.

Dana White
UFC President

Incredibly, current featherweight champion Max Holloway (19-3) will take Ferguson's place and fight Nurmagomedov (25-0) for the lightweight title. The 155-pound bout still be the headliner for the April 7 event, per ESPN.

"He's a stud," White said, about Holloway accepting the bout six days notice. "The guy hasn't lost a fight since 2013, and that was a decision to Conor McGregor."

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