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Apr 16 2016 Tampa FL USA Khabib Nurmagomedov reacts after defeating Darrell Horcher in the catchweight bout during UFC Fight Night at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
UFC 223: 5 Crazy Predictions
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03 April, 2018

MMA fans now have mixed feelings about what went down on Saturday with the shocking news that Tony Ferguson has injured his knee and won't be able to compete against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223.

Nurmagomedov, of Dagestan, is on a nine-fight winning streak at lightweight, while Holloway, of Hawaii, has won 12 in a row in the UFC's featherweight division.

The victor of Holloway and Nurmagomedov will be named the undisputed lightweight champion, taking the title away from McGregor, who hasn't competed in UFC since November 2016.

Holloway is unbeaten since a loss via decision to Conor McGregor, including wins over Jose Aldo.

Although many called for the "Notorious" to enter the octagon at short notice and battle Nurmagomedov, UFC president Dana White insisted September is a more likely date for McGregor's return. You can check out his message here.

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In a show of (somewhat) good sportsmanship, Khabib posted on social media saying that he hoped Tony would heal up soon. Not only that, but "Blessed" is stepping up, after he was forced to drop out of UFC 222 last month due to his own injury.

Ferguson withdrew from the second attempt at UFC on Fox 19 after doctors told him he had fluid and blood in his lung.

I don't think they actually deserve to fight for the title. While there's no legitimate way to knock on UFC 223's new Nurmagomedov vs. Holloway headliner, it's safe to say the promotion had a solid backup plan in place in the event that Holloway wasn't able to step up.

"I don't think Conor McGregor could make the weight on six days' notice". Exactly when that happens now could hinge on how Holloway fares against Nurmagomedov on Saturday.

"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 was fighting in the 145-lb weight class and will be fighting in the 155-lb weight class. "April 7 is going to be a great night", he said.


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