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Just a few days before his match against Khabib Nurmagomedov was set to take place at UFC 223 in Brooklyn, New York, Tony Ferguson was forced to withdraw after suffering a torn knee ligament, according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. This would mark the third time in three years that some sort of setback has come in the way of Ferguson and Nurmagomedov stepping into the Octagon.
Their long-awaited match was supposed to determine the undisputed lightweight champion, a title held by Conor McGregor, who hasn’t competed in the UFC since November 2016. Even though it has been quite some time since McGregor competed in the Octagon, he has kept close tabs on the sport, and claims to have offered to step in for Max Holloway when he pulled out of his match against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 in February. Never one to hold back when providing his opinion, The Notorious gave us his take on the latest setback with a message that is both TMI and NSFW, which is very on brand for Conor.
Speaking of Holloway, Dana White announced that he would be the one taking Ferguson’s spot in the main event against Nurmagomedov.