Monday, 23 July, 2018

What Tony Ferguson said about his UFC 223 withdrawal and the reason

McGregor UFC223 Kabib Nurmagomedov will battle it out with Max Holloway after Tony Ferguson pulled out of UFC223. Pic Getty Images
Domingo Copeland | 04 April, 2018, 01:57

"I even talked about it happening but when it got like three to four weeks out, I just said 'F**k it, these guys are gonna fight. So I felt obligated to do more than what I actually wanted to". "That being said, Holloway's finishing ability comes from wearing down his opponent, and to me, this is a stylistically bad matchup".

According to ESPN, Dana White has said that Ferguson will lose his interim title as a result, meaning the victor of Holloway vs Nurmagomedov will be the new champion. "I'm heavier than I've ever been because I haven't fought in a long time". Fights in 2015, 2016, 2017 and now 2018 have been cancelled as a result of injury or, in last year's case, weight cutting complications.

Ferguson is the most recent one to pull out, tearing his LCL and forcing him to miss Saturday's main event at UFC 223 in Brooklyn. He was fighting in the 145-lb weight class and will be fighting in the 155-lb weight class.

Nurmagomedov has seen his rise toward his first title shot stalled by injury and illness in the past.

"I think Conor could return in September, and it could be against one of these guys".

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Now, Max Holloway has stepped in to save the event and the current UFC featherweight champion will have the opportunity to join elite company should he do the unthinkable and dent The Eagle's current 25-0 record.

Holloway has won 12 consecutive fights and the 26-year-old could shoot to an unprecedented level of stardom by beating the so far untouchable Nurmagomedov. I need Conor. He's champ.

"They called the right guy".

CONOR McGREGOR blasted rivals Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, saying: "These fools pull out more times than I do with my d***". Why not? For his legacy and my legacy, it's very important.

And that's exactly what the undefeated Dagestani is willing to offer him, even if he believes the promotion will go a different route. Whittaker did face Yoel Romero for the interim belt, when Michael Bisping was scheduled to defend the middleweight title last November against Georges St-Pierre. "But 100 percent, UFC is going to try to push me versus Conor".

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