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Max Holloway never crossed Khabib Nurmagomedov's mind as UFC 223 replacement opponent

03 April 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.

Holloway, 19-3, has not lost a fight since 2013 when McGregor beat him by decision. Not only did he miss two full years due to a knee injury between 2014 and 2016, he withdrew from his third attempt at facing Ferguson last March for the interim 155-pound title after being hospitalized for a hard weight cut.

"I don't think Conor McGregor could make the weight on six days notice", White said. Upon receiving confirmation that this was indeed the case, Nurmagomedov immediately focused his attention on Holloway, who he praised for taking the fight. "April 7 is going to be a great night", he said.

Upon hearing the news that Holloway would fill in for Ferguson, many wondered why McGregor, the current ruler of the lightweight division, wasn't drafted in to face "The Eagle".

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White told ESPN: "He actually tore it off the bone, he's gonna need surgery on his knee".

Khabib Nurmagomedov believes that he poses new threats for Max Holloway, and he is unsure whether Max Holloway understands what he is getting into. "I'm never making that fight ever again".

I want people to remember my name like undefeated, undisputed UFC lightweight champion.

This is the fourth time this fight has been booked and fallen through. "I don't want to fight for the money". But now, he is on different territory, different weight class, different animals.

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"I don't think Conor McGregor could make the weight on six days" notice.

The end of 2017 did not go well for former middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

Holloway already holds the 145-pound featherweight belt, and he will move up to 155 pounds on short notice.

The last time the UFC was in Calgary was in 2012 for UFC 149, a card that drew more than $4 million at the box office, but featured a main card that failed to deliver. "I think maybe this guy is joking like always because I didn't like this first April joke".

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Max Holloway never crossed Khabib Nurmagomedov's mind as UFC 223 replacement opponent