Max Holloway medically unfit to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The curses against the UFC 223 card continued today, and now the main event has been scrapped.
Featherweight champion Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) is going to be denied his shot at history in the headliner against Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC). Holloway today was declared medically unfit to fight, a promotion official told MMAjunkie at the official UFC 223 weigh-ins in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com first reported news of the fight cancellation via Twitter, citing UFC President Dana White.
The Nurmagomedov-Holloway fight was supposed to be for the lightweight title currently held by McGregor, who was going to be stripped of it after the bout.
Nurmagomedov may stay on the card to fight former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, an official told MMAjunkie. Pettis (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) was supposed to fight Michael Chiesa (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) on the main card until Thursday’s incident involving Conor McGregor left Chiesa with a cut-up head and face from a broken bus window, which took him out of the fight.
Nurmagomedov made weight early in the two-hour weigh-ins window at the UFC host hotel in Brooklyn. A fight against Pettis would be contingent on Pettis making weight, as well, and getting the official sign-off from the New York State Athletic Commission to compete.
Holloway took the fight against Nurmagomedov on just six days’ notice when interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) suffered a knee injury
UFC 223 will take place Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main card will air on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
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