SuckerPunch Athlete Max Holloway To Headline UFC 223

Clyde Nash
April 3, 2018

If he wins, he would be the youngest fighter to hold two titles and just the second UFC fighter to hold two belts at the same time. The only other fighter to have done so is global superstar Conor McGregor.

TONY FERGUSON is out of UFC 223 after an accident on a studio set saw him tear knee ligaments. My manager called me.

Now UFC fans around the world will be crossing fingers and toes that both Holloway and Nurmagomedov both make weight, then make it to the octagon in one piece. After it was confirmed that Max Holloway would be stepping in to replace Tony Ferguson, Khabib realised that this was in fact reality.

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As "Blessed" prepared to board a flight for NY to take on Khabib Nurmagomedov this weekend, KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello caught up with Holloway at the airport. "I think about maybe [Dustin] Poirier, [Eddie] Alvarez because Poirier fights like next week".

White is hoping to have the Irishman back in the cage by the end of the summer, recently telling the BBC: "Hopefully we'll see him back in either August or September". Really only one guy was able to do it.

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. I think about maybe like [Michael] Chiesa or [Paul] Felder, [Al] Iaquinta, [Anthony] Pettis, somebody because these guys fight with me on the same night.

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That's for UFC president Dana White to sort out but, either way, Holloway winning would make him the undisputed featherweight and lightweight champion.

So how could Holloway be fighting so soon and on such short notice?

"There was a while when I was just looking for an honourable way out, I felt satisfied, like I proved everything I needed to prove", Rousey said. He also called it the "most interesting fight in MMA and boxing right now". "I think maybe this guy is joking like always because I didn't like this first April joke".

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