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Tony Ferguson out of UFC 223, Max Holloway to step in and face Khabib Nurmagomedov for lightweight title

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Ferguson is out of the lightweight title fight with Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 on April 7 in Brooklyn , sources told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on Sunday afternoon.

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Wow this is big news! It would be amazing if Max won but I give him much less chance than Tony.

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Khabib must be feeling the purest schadenfreude.

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What a bummer

At least Holloway stepped up. IMO this new fight is nearly just as good anyway....what happened to Conor saying he would step up if either guy pulled out ?? Gotta love Holloway stepping up on a weeks notice...the guy is a fighters fighter and he poses some different problems for Khabib.

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isn't this like 4 times they have tried to book Tony and Khabib? Glad Holloway was at least able to step in though, I like that kid. Still taking Khabib though :D

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Please MMA Gods, please....let's this be an April Fools joke!!

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Posted by jae_1833

Please MMA Gods, please....let's this be an April Fools joke!!



Unfortunately it is not and I love Max but he is gonna get mauled by Khabib.

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Here's hoping the UFC cuts Max a proper payday for putting his win streak on the line! Not to mention all the other extenuating circumstances surrounding all this!

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Mad Props to Max! #RealChamp

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Posted by PitFighter28


Posted by jae_1833

Please MMA Gods, please....let's this be an April Fools joke!!



Unfortunately it is not and I love Max but he is gonna get mauled by Khabib.



Agree, I like Max, but Khabib is a beast. I see another fight like the Barboza one. Props to Max for taking the fight.

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You mean to tell me the idiot I've been seeing kicking steel pipes is injured?

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Posted by aussiemma
what happened to Conor saying he would step up if either guy pulled out ??



Way easier for Holloway to make the weight in 6 days than Conor at this point.

One of many reasons.

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I will be taking Khalabib. But we forget Michael Johnson was getting the better of Khalabib on the feet in their fight until the takedown. It’s not outside the realm of possibility Max gets an early finish via T/KO.

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Posted by tildengolfer

I will be taking Khalabib. But we forget Michael Johnson was getting the better of Khalabib on the feet in their fight until the takedown. It’s not outside the realm of possibility Max gets an early finish via T/KO.



Khabib said he could have taken MJ down at any time, but wanted to test his stand up, could be BS but I'm inclined to believe him. Max is a better striker than MJ, but he doesn't have the same power and his TDD isn't even close considering MJs wrestling background. As everyone said, props to Max, but the only question for me is if he can hang on the rounds or if he gets TKOd from unanswered strikes. Max has good BJJ, so I'd be surprised to see a SUB from Khabib, but I'm curious what the props will say.

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Posted by finnish_line


Posted by aussiemma
what happened to Conor saying he would step up if either guy pulled out ??



Way easier for Holloway to make the weight in 6 days than Conor at this point.

One of many reasons.



Yes maybe, but Conor opened his mouth a few days ago saying he would step in if either guy had to pull out. Someone pulled out and you don't hear anything from Conor now. My point is he shouldn't have opened his mouth in the first place.

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