Okay, Khabib Nurmagomedov fans, we have good news and we have bad news.
The bad news is that Khabib will not be facing Tony Ferguson for the interim Lightweight Championship at UFC 223 on April 7. Ferguson had to pull out of the fight due to an injury.
The good news is that the undefeated Avar mixed martial artist will still have a shot at the UFC Lightweight Championship… that is, against the UFC’s Featherweight Champion Max Holloway. This will also give Holloway the chance to become the only other fighter besides Conor McGregor to hold two belts simultaneously. Interestingly, Max has only lost once since 2013, and that was to McGregor.
UFC President Dana White announced the news only hours ago on social media. You can check out his message here.
BOOM!!!!!! We got Khabib vs The Champ Max Holloway for the 155lb title this Saturday in Brooklyn New York!!!!!!!
Posted by Dana White on Sunday, April 1, 2018
In a show of (somewhat) good sportsmanship, Khabib posted on social media saying that he hoped Tony would heal up soon.
Tony heal up man. Just want to advise you, don’t talk too much anymore. Lot of thoughts in my head right now, but I don’t want to become like you. Hope, this lesson will teach you watch your mouth. ❗ На счёт этой ситуации я просто хочу сказать Тони: больше не болтай, в голове конечно много мыслей, на тебя похожим не буду, надеюсь этот урок научить тебя следить за языком. #ready #ufc223 #Alhamdulillah #победатолькоотВсевышнего