Tony Ferguson was forced to pull out from Saturday’s scheduled UFC 223 title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov due to a torn ligament in his knee.
UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway stepped in on short notice to fight Khabib.
This was the fourth time the scheduled bout between Ferguson and Nurmagomedov canceled.
The cancellation of this bout, generated some interesting reactions from the MMA community, as fighters like Nate Diaz and now UFC champion Conor Mcgregor broke his silence as he wasn’t surprised that the fight fell through and send a crude message to Tony Ferguson over UFC 223 withdrawal:
These fools pull out more times than I do with my dick.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 2, 2018
Upon hearing the news that Max Holloway would fill in for Ferguson, many wondered why Conor McGregor, the current ruler of the lightweight division, wasn’t selected in to face Khabib Nirmagomedov. McGregor last fought inside the Octagon since claiming the lightweight title in the main event of UFC 205 against Eddie Alvarez.
According to UFC president Dana White, Mcgregor who has taken several multiple short-notice fights in the past was never an option to replace Ferguson at UFC 223.