Max Holloway declared medically unfit, pulled from UFC 223 main event

Holloway and Nurmagomedov are fighting for the UFC Lightweight Title at the event, but Holloway's manager in Brian Butler-Au said the featherweight champion had wanted the UFC 223 bout to be contested at 170 pounds.

Then, if you play it out further: Khabib wins the lightweight title at UFC 223 on Saturday; McGregor calls him out; fight promotes itself. Holloway was deemed medically unfit to compete by UFC doctors, who told him to stop trying to cut weight out of concern for his health.

It's understood that when he accepted the fight Holloway had approximately 20 pounds of weight to cut in order to make the lightweight championship limit of 155 pounds.

The UFC officially announced the news Friday afternoon.

Anthony Pettis, a former champion, could have stepped in for a title shot.

The original card had shaped up as the best of the year and UFC President Dana White said it was trending toward the best pay-per-view buy rate since McGregor's last fight at UFC 205.

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UFC 223 takes place Saturday, April 7 at the Barclays Center. Both fighters successfully made weight on Friday.

Following Conor McGregor's "bus attack" at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday night - for which he has been charged on four counts - the UFC has now had to cancel their scheduled main event for a second time.

It's UFC 223 Embedded 4, lightweight title contender Khabib Nurmagomedov. I want to fight your chicken!

Rounding out the five bout main card is Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder in a lightweight bout, Devin Clark vs. Mike Rodriguez in a light heavyweight bout, and Renato Moicano vs. Calvin Kattar in a featherweight bout. Nurmagomedov was originally supposed to face Tony Ferguson, who was forced off the card last weekend due to a knee injury.

Even if the UFC gets an agreement from one of them, Nurmagomedov still has to sign off on the fight as he would be expected to face a late replacement on just 24 hours notice as well.

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