A highly anticipated lightweight title fight between interim champion Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov has been canceled just six days before it was supposed to headline UFC 223 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. UFC president Dana White told ESPN on Sunday that Ferguson (23-3) has withdrawn from the bout due to a torn knee ligament. In a Twitter post, Ferguson wrote that he suffered the injury in an accident on a studio set while fulfilling his prefight media obligations on Friday.

Featherweight champion Max Holloway (19-3) has agreed to take Ferguson’s place and will face Nurmagomedov (25-0) for the lightweight title. The 155-pound bout will still headline UFC 223 on April 7. As of today, McGregor (21-3) remains the UFC’s official lightweight champion, but he is expected to lose that title as soon as Nurmagomedov and Holloway square off. McGregor became a two-weight champion in late 2016 but has not fought in the UFC since. White said the promotion did not reach out to McGregor as a potential replacement for Ferguson. McGregor expressed interest last month in returning on short notice against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222, but the promotion doesn’t want to bring its top star back under those circumstances.

Nurmagomedov, of Dagestan, is on a nine-fight winning streak at lightweight, while Holloway, of Hawaii, has won 12 in a row in the UFC’s featherweight division. Nurmagomedov has opened as a minus-505 betting favorite against Holloway (plus-365), according to MMAOddsBreaker.com. The UFC has tried to pair Ferguson and Nurmagomedov on four occasions, all of which have fallen through for various reasons. When asked if he would be willing to book the fight a fifth time, White responded, “Hell no.”

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