While it might seem nearly fitting that McGregor step into face Nurmagomedov on short notice as he still holds onto the UFC lightweight title he won in 2016, UFC president Dana White says that the organization didn't even bother to ask him about taking the fight.
White spoke to ESPN Sunday night and said McGregor wasn't considered to fill in for Ferguson.
Conor McGregor could very well attend UFC 223, his striking coach Owen Roddy has hinted. UFC president Dana White has confirmed that featherweight champion Max Holloway has stepped up to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title at UFC 223. The fight, which was set to be the main event at April 7th's UFC 223 in Brooklyn, New York, won't be happening this time due to a freak knee injury suffered by Tony Ferguson.
UFC 233 will also feature the rematch between women's strawweight champion "Thug" Rose Namajunas and polish star Joanna Jędrzejczyk in the co-main event. "That's a tough weight cut for him", White said.More news: England strengthen grip on second Test against New Zealand
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As far as McGregor's lightweight championship, he will hold onto that belt for six more days until Holloway and Nurmagomedov actually step into the Octagon against each other and then by the end of that fight a new king at 155 pounds will be determined. "I think Conor could return in September and it could be against one of these (Holloway or Nurmagomedov) guys".
Tony Ferguson's dream match-up is with UFC legend Georges St-Pierre.
The victor of this fight sets up a potential matchup with McGregor, who has been inactive in MMA since winning the title in November 2016.
Nurmagomedov, of Dagestan, is on a nine-fight win streak at lightweight, while Holloway, of Hawaii, has won 12 in a row in the UFC's featherweight division.