What Tony Ferguson said about his UFC 223 withdrawal and the reason

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The Las Vegas-based promotion announced on Sunday that Holloway, the reigning featherweight champion, would replace the injured Tony Ferguson in the new UFC 223 main event.

While Conor McGregor (21-3) is the UFC's official lightweight champion, he is expected to lose the title to the victor of Nurmagomedov-Holloway. due to being inactive for almost two years within the promotion.

According to ESPN, Dana White has said that Ferguson will lose his interim title as a result, meaning the victor of Holloway vs Nurmagomedov will be the new champion.

Holloway will attempt to become the youngest fighter ever to hold two UFC titles, and only the second to hold both belts simultaneously.

So, Holloway has agreed to fight one of the best grapplers in the game, who has never lost, on just six days notice.

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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. "I think Poirier, Alvarez ... maybe Chiesa, Pettis because these guys fight same night". If you look at his 12-fight win streak, nobody is like me. "Hope, this lesson will teach you watch your mouth".

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'And Conor is not the guy I want to throw in as a late replacement fighter.

"I scared about this when I think about this", Nurmagomedov said.

Nurmagomedov then explained why he believes he didn't get his desired fight with McGregor. "This fight is for the title".

"You know what they say, "to beat the best you've got to be the best", and the best is Blessed, baby".

The biggest UFC fight card of the year is just days away.

"I think about Georges St-Pierre because he talk about he can make 155", Nurmagomedov said.

The end of 2017 did not go well for former middleweight champion Michael Bisping. I'm cleared and ready to fight now.