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Stepping in for an injured Tony Ferguson to face Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 is featherweight champion Max Holloway, and while the oddsmakers aren't giving him much of a chance, fans are intrigued at how the fight will go down.

On learning that he set to replace Tony Ferguson: "The news was insane".

Holloway will step up in weight and fight to become a world champion in two weight classes.

Ferguson, who was named as the interim lightweight champion after Conor McGregor vacated his belt, said: 'Words can't explain how hurt, frustrated, angry and in disbelief I am right now.

"He's a stud", Dana White told ESPN, when asked about Holloway.

Holloway will take on Khabib Nurmagomedov on six days' notice as the headline event for the April 7 pay-per-view. "That's a tough weight cut for him", White said.

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

"Hell no. I'm never making that fight ever again".

The good news here for fans is that White thinks McGregor could make his return to the Octagon in September. McGregor expressed interest last month in returning on short notice against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222, but the promotion doesn't want to bring its top star back under those circumstances. "This fight is for the title". "I mean, the guy's not in the picture". Tony also worked his way through the division, while Holloway is moving up from featherweight, something that Conor McGregor was criticized for when he made the same jump. According to Nurmagomedov, McGregor said that he wouldn't be ready in time. It marks the fourth different time that the UFC has tried, and failed, to book Ferguson vs Nurmagomedov.

The Hawaiian has was beaten by The Notorious by unanimous decision in Boston in 2013 - but since then he has gone on a 12-fight unbeaten run and been crowned the 145lbs champion.

Title contender Khabib Nurmagomedov arrives in New York City for his long-awaited championship fight against Tony Ferguson. Fights in 2015, 2016, 2017 and now 2018 have been cancelled as a result of injury or, in last year's case, weight cutting complications.


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