Ferguson: Don't Strip Me For Injury During Media Tour

UFC 223 Tony Ferguson

On Sunday night, it was announced that interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson had injured his knee and was ruled out of his UFC 223 main event bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov. Ferguson tripped over a production cable on a FOX set and tore the lateral collateral ligament in his knee.

If he wins, he would be the youngest fighter to hold two titles and just the second UFC fighter to hold two belts at the same time.

Secondly, both Khabib and Holloway have a common enemy in Conor McGregor, the current lightweight title holder.

"That goes away", White said. "I think most guys at 155, especially in the top five, can't make that 155-pound limit on six days' notice". "That's a tough weight cut for him", White said.

White stated that he does not want McGregor to serve as a late replacement fighter. "He's the guy that I want to make a fight with, have the right amount of time to promote the fight, have the fight in the right place, so I'm not interested in asking Conor to take the fight".

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'My first option when Tony's out I say 'hey, where's Conor? The UFC's featherweight king was scheduled to defend his title against Frankie Edgar last month, but withdrew from the bout after a leg injury.

Featherweight champion Max Holloway will fight Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title in Brooklyn on Saturday. According to Nurmagomedov, McGregor said that he wouldn't be ready in time.

He posted: "For the record, Dana called me yesterday to see if I would step in against Khabib since Max hadn't responded yet". But it's fair to wonder whether McGregor will fight the victor of Saturday's showdown. "They just did that with Robert Whittaker previous year".

But Moicano has faced the more established competition to date and if he's able to halt the MA native's lengthy run of success, don't be surprised if it's the Brazilian who already boasts a win over the fifth-ranked Stephens that puts himself in the title conversation coming out of UFC 223.

"It was just a matter of, I slipped, man", Ferguson explained during an appearance on The MMA Hour.

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