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UFC president Dana White told ESPN on Sunday that Ferguson (23-3) has withdrawn from the bout due to a torn knee ligament. "I'm never making that fight ever again".

CONOR McGREGOR blasted rivals Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, saying: "These fools pull out more times than I do with my d***".

Of course, that shot ended up going to Max Holloway. who Ortega was scheduled to fight later this year with Max's 145-pound title on the line. At one point Khabib and Ferguson looked like an eliminator to fight McGregor whilst Holloway could follow in the Irishman's footsteps and become a dual weight champ. I'm cleared and ready to fight now.

On learning that he set to replace Tony Ferguson: "The news was insane". Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.

Lockhart said by the night before the official weigh-ins on Friday he hopes to have Holloway "within four pounds of 155".

Even in the insane world of MMA, taking a title fight in a higher weight class without a training camp is unheard of.

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There's been a lot of talk about McGregor's next opponent, with Georges St-Pierre, Nate Diaz and even Floyd Mayweather Jr. being floated as possibilities in addition to Ferguson, Nurmagomedov and Holloway.

No. 1 ranked featherweight Holloway will now step up a division to challenge Nurmagomedov and will look to join McGregor as the second fighter in history to hold titles simultaneously in two different weight classes. Max has always said he doesn't want to fight guys people think he can beat.

"I'm not gonna lie, I think he nearly likes the amount of weight he has to lose, because it's a challenge".

The UFC rebooked the pair four months later at UFC on FOX 19, but on that occasion it was an injured Ferguson who was ruled out of the bout.

"They can not call him because he understands now he has to fight".