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UFC 223: Tony Ferguson Injured, Max Holloway in to Face Khabib Nurmagomedov

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The magical glass cage of emotions went full tilt on Easter Sunday.

News broke late in the afternoon that interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson was forced to withdraw from the UFC 223 main event on Saturday against Khabib Nurmagomedov due to injury.

Instead, featherweight champion Max Holloway will step into the octagon on six days (yes, six days) notice and face the unbeaten Nurmagomedov to determine a new undisputed lightweight champion.

Not a bad Plan B despite the disappointment aimed towards Plan A.

Ferguson issued a statement on Instagram, saying “Words can’t explain how hurt, frustrated, angry and in disbelief I am right now,” Ferguson wrote. “As I was completing my UFC pre-fight media obligations on Friday, I had an accident on a studio set that tore a ligament in my knee. My doctor and the UFC doctor both said I can’t fight and one is saying I need surgery so I will see a specialist to make the final determination on how I can heal up and get back in there to defend my belt.

“I want to apologize to all the fans, the UFC, Khabib, my teammates, my coaches, my friends and most importantly my family. Happy Easter to everyone out there. I believe there is a silver lining in this nightmare of a reality because this isn’t an April fools. Good health and blessings to you all.”

UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Ferguson would be stripped of his interim lightweight title to make room for a new undisputed champion to be crowned in the fight between Nurmagomedov and Holloway.

There was no shortage of hype and trash talk going into the original main event involving Ferguson and Nurmagomedov, which makes the fact that the bout isn’t happening now even more disappointing.

Nurmagomedov also took to Instagram to address the issue, saying “Tony heal up man. Just want to advise you, don’t talk too much anymore. Lot of thoughts in my head right now, but I don’t want to become like you. Hope, this lesson will teach you watch your mouth.”

It’s a shame these two may never square off.

This is the fourth time the fight between the two has been scrapped. Nurmagomedov had to withdraw due to injury before The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in 2015. They were going to give it a go at UFC on FOX 19 in 2016 but then Ferguson had to withdraw due to lung issues. The two were later scheduled to be the co-main event of UFC 209 in March of last year but Nurmagomedov was forced out the day of weigh-ins due to issues with his weight cut.

It’s easy to see how this fight may never happen.

UFC 223 will take place on Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with another high-profile fight on the main card. The rematch between strawweight champion Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jędrzejczyk will serve as the co-main event. Namajunas beat Jedrzejczyk for the title via a first round knockout at UFC 217 last November.

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James Vick Rips Top Lightweights After Win At UFC Austin

 

UFC 217: Vick v Duffy

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The UFC once again took over the Lone Star State, this time down in Austin for UFC Fight Night with a main event with major implications.

Fort Worth’s James Vick has been calling out the top guys in the lightweight division. On Sunday, “The Texecutioner” had a chance to make a statement that he can back up his talk in the octagon.

The operation was a success. Vick, ranked No. 12 in the division, got the unanimous decision of No. 14 Francisco Trinaldo to improve his record to 9-1 in the UFC (13-1 overall in MMA). Vick has now won four straight fights.

However, it wasn’t easy. Vick dislocated his finger during the fight but was able to walk away with the win over a well-respected veteran in Trinaldo.

“I feel good,” Vick said after the fight. “Disappointed that I didn’t get a finish. He was tough. I didn’t underestimate the guy at all. He was a gritty veteran who won eight of his last nine fights and also has one of the best records in the organization. He’s just a tough dude.”

Vick aired his frustrations afterwards about not getting a top 10 fight in the division.

“Basically, the UFC is going to have to force these guys to fight me,” Vick said. “(UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby tells me on the phone that he’s trying as hard as he can to do his job. He tells me “These guys want no part of you.’ They wanted to make the (Michael) Chiesa fight because that would make the most sense. Kevin Lee has already turned down two fights with me. I have text messages from (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva and Shawn Shelby on both of these.”

Vick wasn’t holding back on thoughts and feelings concerning Chiesa and Lee and explained how he has his sights set on the top of the division.

“They don’t want to mention my name. I don’t care. I’m done with these guys. They don’t want to sign the fight, I don’t care. They don’t have to fight me. I’m thinking Khabib. I’m thinking Tony Ferguson. I’m thinking McGregor. I’m thinking world title fights. I’m 9-1. I have the same record as Conor McGregor has in the UFC. To say that I’m not worthy to fight these dudes is a joke. I am worthy.”

It’s likely that Vick will get the opportunity sometime down the road this year. The only question that remains is when. However, the goal remains simple for Fort Worth native.

“My destiny is to become a world champion.”

In the main event, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone tied multiple UFC records in a Top 15 matchup with Yancy Medeiros. Cerrone is now tied for most UFC wins and most UFC knockouts after getting the TKO over Medeiros with just two seconds left in the first round. The win snapped a three-fight losing streak for Cerrone.

Compete Results from UFC Fight Night in Austin

Main Card:

(11) Donald Cerrone defeats (15) Yancy Medeiros – TKO in first round

(7) Derrick Lewis defeats (9) Marcin Tybura – TKO in third round

(12) James Vick defeats (14) Francisco Trinaldo – decision

Curtis Millender defeats Thiago Alves – TKO in second round

Brandon Davis defeats Steven Peterson – decision

Sage Northcutt defeats Thibault Gouti – decision

Prelims:

Deigo Ferreira defeats Jared Gordon – TKO in first round

Geoff Neal defeats Brian Camozzi – submission in first round

Roberto Sanchez defeats Joby Sanchez – submission in first round

Lucie Pudilova defeats Sarah Moras – decision

Fight Pass Prelims:

Alex Morono defeats Joshua Burkman – submission in first round

Oskar Piechota defeats Tim Williams – TKO in first round

Attendance: 10,502

Gate: $794,350

Fight of the Night: Peterson vs. Davis

Performances of the Night: Derrick Lewis and Curtis Millender