UFC 223 Tony Ferguson out, Khabib Nurmagomedov faces Max Holloway

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UFC 223 Holloway vs Nurmagomedov new main event

UFC 223 takes place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on April 8 (April 7 in the US). The main event bout suffered a change, when Tony Ferguson was forced to pull out due to knee injury.

Max Holloway (19-3) stepped in to face Khabib Nurmagomedov, contesting for the undisputed lightweight belt. He is the reigning UFC featherweight champion.

If successful Holloway will become the second fighter to hold UFC belt in two different weight classes at the same time. The first one was Conor McGregor, who is expected to be stripped of his lightweight belt.

“UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will attempt to make history in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 7, as he has stepped in to replace the injured Tony Ferguson and face Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight championship in the main event of UFC 223,” the promotion announced on Monday. “With a victory, Hawaii’s Holloway will become the youngest fighter to hold two UFC titles, only the second to hold two belts simultaneously and just the fifth to achieve the feat.”

In addition UFC President Dana White posted a video on Twitter where he announces the new UFC 223 main event Holloway vs. Nurmagomedov.

“BOOM!!!!!! We got Khabib vs The Champ Max Holloway for the 155lb title this Saturday in Brooklyn New York!!!!!!!,” stated in the caption.

The co-main event at UFC 223 is a rematch between the defending women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas and the former titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk. The current fight card can be found below.

UFC 223 fight card

Lightweight Max Holloway vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Women’s Strawweight Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Featherweight Renato Moicano vs. Calvin Kattar
Lightweight Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis
Lightweight Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder

Preliminary Card
Women’s Strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Felice Herrig
Flyweight Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno
Lightweight Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
Lightweight Evan Dunham vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier

Preliminary Card
Featherweight Alex Caceres vs. Artem Lobov
Women’s Flyweight Bec Rawlings vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Light Heavyweight Devin Clark vs. Mike Rodriguez
Featherweight Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Kyle Bochniak