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UFC Strips Conor McGregor Of Title, McGregor Responds

06 April, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Conor McGregor involved in chaotic backstage melee ahead of UFC 223

Tony Ferguson was crowned interim lightweight champion this past October when he submitted Kevin Lee at UFC 216.

Nurmagomedov was initially lined up to face the interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson. And this time, for the undisputed lightweight championship.

UFC 223 will take place at Barclays Center. "He's taking a short-notice fight against me".

"As you can imagine he's going to be sued beyond belief", White said.

McGregor had a predictably crude response to the news of Ferguson's withdrawal but Max Holloway has since stepped in to replace him.

Nearly every topic in UFC these days somehow comes back to McGregor.

The bout with Alvarez represents McGregor's last UFC fight.

The Irishman has always been expected to lose the belt he won at UFC 205 back in November 2016, having not fought in the cage since then and instead taking on Floyd Mayweather Jr in the ring.


"Conor's coming back this year", the UFC president told reporters at Wednesday's UFC 223 pre-fight press conference in Brooklyn, N.Y.

A win on Saturday night would nearly guarantee that the Hawaiian gets a big-money fight against McGregor if and when the Irishman returns to cage-fighting.

Dana White also added during the press conference that he expects McGregor to return to the Octagon later in 2018.

The 29-year-old star did not appear to take the news well. He has since relinquished the featherweight belt and has not defended the lightweight belt.

Holloway said he was ready to defend at 145 and 155 pounds.

"I don't know if he's on drugs or what his deal is, but to come in and do this and act like this" White said. White said in a video posted by Okamoto.

"Ten years, nobody beat me", Nurmagomedov said.

His last name is a bit of a tongue-twister (Nurm-a-go-med-ov) which it makes it easier for fans to chant "Khabib". Artem Lobov, who was part of the fracas at the Barclay's Center on Thursday, has been pulled from the card.

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