Ferguson's freak knee injury knocked him out of action and almost derailed the main event of the card. 'Tony Ferguson isn't being stripped. The UFC has also confirmed that they will strip Tony Ferguson of his interim lightweight championship.
The Irishman's interest in UFC 223 is further heightened by the fact his team-mate and good friend Artem Lobov will be fighting on the card. The first was McGregor, who also happens to be the last fighter to beat Holloway, who is flawless since then, including a win over Jose Aldo to become the featherweight champion, and a win over him to retain the title in December.
Now the question remains will Conor McGregor return to battle either Nurmagomedov or Holloway or will he turn his attention to a more lucrative fight against Floyd Mayweather or Nate Diaz? . Sports betting websites now have the fight between Khabib and Holloway at 5-1 in favour of Khabib. Will McGregor ever get a shot at regaining the stripped lightweight belt that is at the center of all of this mayhem?
"Conor is coming back this year 100 percent".
Video footage on social media shows the MMA fighter arriving at the event, following by him picking up a barrier, before throwing it in the direction of a door. This time around with Ferguson pulling out, Khabib chose to take the higher road and sent a strong message to 'El Cucuy'.
"About Conor? I don't remember when he fight last time", Nurmagomedov said.
In the moments following media day Thursday at the Barclays Center, McGregor - now the former UFC lightweight champion - stormed the building with his entourage behind him, likely seeking out Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Conor McGregor entered the UFC with a 13-2 record and debuted against Marcus Brimage at UFC on Fuel: Mousasi vs. Latifi.
"What happened today was criminal, disgusting and makes me sick", he said. The victor of Nurmagomedov vs Holloway will need time to recover, and White could nominally "suspend" McGregor for a short spell without really impacting the date of a McGregor-vs-winner fight.
This news was not taken well by Conor McGregor, the previous permanent holder of that title.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the hottest, most talked about fighters in the UFC right now-and he's not slowing down.
But Nurmagomedov then claimed McGregor had said NO to a last-minute fight against him when asked at the weekend.
The contract between the 40-year-old Lesnar and the WWE is set to expire shortly after Sunday's WrestleMania 34, at which he will take on Roman Reigns, and his recent flirtations with White have been viewed by some as simply attempts to gain leverage with the pro wrestling company.