Ferguson out, Holloway in at UFC 223

As irony would have it, a popular April Fool’s Day joke for mixed martial arts fans actually came true on Sunday, April 1. But not in the way anyone expected.

UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson was forced to withdraw from his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 on Saturday, April 7. The news was first reported by Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting and later confirmed by Helwani and ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. Ferguson suffered an injury that transpired in such a fashion that it might only be described as a type of April Fool’s joke:

However, Nurmagomedov is still expected to compete at UFC 223 against UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway, who agreed to step in on short notice. Nurmagoedov and Holloway will compete for the undisputed UFC lightweight title, as the promotion is still expected to strip reigning champion Conor McGregor.

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Chris Huntemann writes about mixed martial arts in the state of Maryland. He also opines on all things UFC, Bellator, World Series of Fighting and any other MMA topics he cares to bloviate about. You should check out his blog, or his Twitter. Or both. When he's not watching MMA, he's an avid fan of other sports, such as football, baseball and college basketball. He may or may not do other, non-sports-related things as well.

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