It is expected that McGregor, who is still listed as the lightweight champion on the UFC's website, will have his title stripped when the cage door closes Saturday. Not only that, but "Blessed" is stepping up, after he was forced to drop out of UFC 222 last month due to his own injury. Officials, though, found a willing opponent for the unbeaten Nurmagomedov in current featherweight champion Max Holloway.
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The pair were then matched to meet in an interim lightweight title clash at UFC 209 in Las Vegas, but Nurmagomedov suffered health issues during his weight cut and was pulled from the fight on medical grounds.
The American has now seen a clash with the Russian scheduled and cancelled on four separate occasions, with the latter set to fight Max Holloway to become the undisputed lightweight champion instead. What makes this whole situation a lot more painful is the fact that this marks the fourth time the organisation has booked the fight - yet the two have never met inside of the Octagon. "I'm here, six days" notice - April 7 is going to be a great night".
And White confirmed that the victor of the bout would walk away as the undisputed UFC lightweight champion, with the title departing the waist of two-weight champ Conor McGregor in the process. I'm never making that fight ever again.
"I think Conor could return in September, and it could be against one of these guys". The statement that he is referencing is that Holloway would go back down in weight and defend his featherweight title.
Holloway has won 12 consecutive fights and the 26-year-old could shoot to an unprecedented level of stardom by beating the so far untouchable Nurmagomedov.
"Unfortunately this is not an April Fool's, Tony is out, he hurt his knee", White said in a video released on Twitter.
According to UFC president White, "The Notorious", who has taken several multiple short-notice fights in the past, wasn't in contention to save the card as he didn't think he'd be able to make championship weight in less than six days.