UFC Notebook: 'Freak injury' forces Ferguson out of UFC 223

03 April, 2018, 06:25 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • 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

Ferguson and Nurmagomedov were originally set to face each other at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December 2015, but a rib injury to the Russian forced him out of the contest.

Nurmagomedov senior also spoke highly of Max Holloway, who will now replace Ferguson and fight against the Dagestan native this Saturday in Brooklyn.

'He's a stud. The guy hasn't lost a fight since 2013, and that was a decision to Conor McGregor, ' White added.

"Hell no. I'm never making that fight again, ever", UFC president Dana White told ESPN's Brett Okamoto when asked if he'd ever consider booking a matchup between the two competitors again.

In a show of (somewhat) good sportsmanship, Khabib posted on social media saying that he hoped Tony would heal up soon. "I'm glad to be the second guy and go out there and make history", said Holloway.


"I don't think about Max Holloway", Nurmagomedov said.

And McGregor, who still officially holds the lightweight belt, blasted both fighters on Twitter this evening.

"Words Can't Express How Hurt, Frustrated, Angry And In Disbelief I Am Right Now", Ferguson wrote on Easter Sunday. "So I felt obligated to do more than what I actually wanted to". I watch all his 12 win streak, no ones' like me. "Because I deserve to fight for the title. I'm here, six days' notice - April 7 is going to be a great night". "I think Holloway is not any less interesting than Ferguson". The fight between these two had been scheduled three times before this meeting, but ultimately fell through for various reasons. "I said yes. Eventually, Max replied and Dana gave him the fight". "But now he's in different territory, different weight class, different animal".

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

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.

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