Conor McGregor was not considered a replacement option for UFC 223

Oct 7 2017 Las Vegas NV USA Tony Ferguson reacts after defeating Kevin Lee in the third round during UFC 216 at T Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports

The Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov fight has been booked on and off again several times already and it seems as if fate will ensure that these two competitors never face one another inside the octagon. "Why am I going to take this fight?" And then it happened.

"Tony Ferguson hurt himself". He has an opponent who is young like him. So when Ferguson, who has since been stripped of his interim title, pulled out due to injury, Holloway wanted to make up for his wrong by saving the card. "I want to apologize to all the fans, the UFC, Khabib, my teammates, my coaches, my friends and most importantly my family". Everything is finished. Hard training is finished.

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

Initially thought to be an April Fool's joke, Holloway's agent Brian Butler-Au confirmed to KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello "This is 100% legit". Where is this Burger King? Take the Burger King here. I'm the right guy.

"Conor is not the guy I want to throw in as a late replacement fighter", he said.

UFC President Dana White expects McGregor to return to the Octagon in August or September and stated that he wants him to fight the victor of Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov.

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Ferguson was ruled out of their high profile UFC lightweight title fight after a trip and fall while performing media duties saw him tear knee ligaments.

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"I'm here to fight".

"He's a stud", Dana White told ESPN, when asked about Holloway. I think about maybe [Dustin] Poirier, [Eddie] Alvarez, because Poirier fights next week. Bring whoever you want guys, [just at] 155, fight for the title. But they called me and said, 'Hey. Please stop giving me regular fight because I deserve to fight for title.

Instead, featherweight champion Max Holloway will step in on short notice. Ten win streak. But UFC don't give him respect, because of Conor. "He champion for a reason in 145".

Holloway will get a chance to be the second man in UFC history to hold two titles in two separate weight divisions simultaneously, should he defeat Nurmagomedov.

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