Holloway Out Of UFC 223, Iaquinta Will Face Khabib

UPDATE: Per Ariel Helwani, Al Iaquinta will now be facing Nurmagomedov, if Khabib wins he is the new UFC Lightweight champion.

The chaos surrounding UFC 223 and the UFC lightweight title continued on Friday, as Max Holloway was declared not medically able to fight.

First reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.

Holloway, the UFC featherweight champion, was a last minute replacement for Tony Ferguson, who was the interim UFC lightweight champion. Ferguson was injured seven days prior to the UFC 223 weigh-ins, when he tore ligaments in his knee while doing press for the Pay-Per-View set for Barclays Center.


Per Ariel Helwani, Holloway was continuing to push forward on Friday morning, but the New York State Athletic Commission doctors made the decision to pull Holloway before letting him get on the scale.

Holloway has tweeted an apology to not only Khabib, but the UFC fans.

For a moment, it seemed that Anthony Pettis has been selected as Holloway’s replacement, per Ariel Helwani he had until 12:57pm New York time to cut .2 pounds to be allowed to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Anthony Pettis not been selected as of 11:30 am and the re-weigh in has been pulled.

Karyn Bryant from UFC Tonight reported the issue was over pay and that Paul Felder is now rumored to take the spot, but Felder claims NYSAC is attempting to stop him from stepping in.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was set to face either Ferguson or Holloway, is now without an opponent for April 6th, with Anthony Pettis rumored to step up and fight after his fight was cancelled due to his opponent Michael Chiesa being one of three people injured by Conor McGregor throwing a dolly at a bus window at UFC 223 Media Day.

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